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Review by Honey B

Director: Matthew Saville Vocal Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, John Clarke, Justine Clarke, Donal Forde, Indiana Crowther Plot: Real estate agent, Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) won't admit it, but he can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't sell a house in a property boom - much less connect with his teenage son, Frank Jr (Indiana Crowther). One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the fact that she died a year ago. Turns out to be a wrong number, but finding she sounds like his mother, Frank befriends Sarah (Julia Blake). Verdict: This Australian film has a slow, meandering feel and a lot of heart. While it takes awhile to warm to Anthony LaPaglia’s melancholy Adelaide real estate agent, once viewer’s do the payoff is certainly worth it in this tightly scripted, character-driven film. Writer/director Matthew Saville gives this film a very dry tone – which could have done with more lighter moments. This flick seems to play in many shades of grey. The strength of this film is its superb ensemble cast, a brilliant score by Bryony Marks and beautiful cinematography by Mark Wareham. Real Estate agent, Mollard, is going through the motions – he’s struggling to sell houses in a housing boom, he is lonely and misses his ex-wife Wendy (Justine Clarke) and he’s not as close to his son, Frank Jr. (Indiana Crowther) as he would like to be. Something has to give and it comes in the form of a wrong number from his “mum’’. Of course, it’s not his mum as she’s been dead for about a year. Sarah (Julia Blake), who sounds a lot like his mum, rings Mollard and her talk to him changes Frank’s life. When Frank meets Sarah –this movie really starts to take off. LaPaglia and Blake are riveting together as the characters forge a strong bond and help each other in their lives and with their respective relationships with loved ones. When Frank meets Sarah’s IT expert son, Damien (Donal Forde), it’s as if Frank is Sarah’s son and Damien is more estranged from his mother. Damien is another flawed and troubled character, much like Frank. The relationship between Frank and Damien is also a nuanced one and both actors, LaPaglia and Forde, do superb jobs. LaPaglia’s performance is brilliant as is Blake’s. Both characters go on an emotional journey that sweeps the viewer up. However, as moving as this film is – it is quite melancholy and has a very slow pace. It could have done with a bit more zing in places. The film does feel like it simply goes through its paces and the top cast gets it over the line. There’s a definite midday movie feel here, but it’s an entirely sweet and satisfying midday movie.
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