BLESSED, Thu 17 October, 8pm

By December 28, 2012 archive, Season 9 films

An intensely serious and accomplished study of errant teenagers and their preoccupied mothers. Finely-acted by a large cast, five intertwined stories are played out on the mean streets of Melbourne. “a missile of raw emotion” – Variety

Director: Ana Kokkinos. Australia, 2009. 111 minutes. Cert: 18. Language: English

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Blessed is a dark, relentless and intensely serious study of errant teenagers and their preoccupied mothers. Finely acted by a large cast led by a jagged, desperate Frances O¹Connor, four thematically linked stories are played out on the mean streets of western Melbourne: unhappy mothers mistrust their children, drifting children mistrust their mothers. Director Kokkinos, known for her sexy, stylised Head On (1998) and The Book
of Revelation (2006), works close to documentary realism here, with much hand-held camerawork and a street-weary look.

Starring: Frances O¹Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, Victoria Haralabidou, William McInnes, Sophie Lowe