Plot: After being sent away as a child for being accused of murder, a dressmaker returns to her Australian town to seek revenge.
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judi Davis, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook.
As soon as you hear these words you know you’re in for a fun ride and that’s what you get. I really wasn’t expecting to like this film as much as I did because it was from a different time period and usually I don’t like films from previous eras. Especially the 50s but I wanted to give it a go because I really like Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. I’m glad I did because I loved it. The characters were well portrayed and they all had something different to bring to the story.
“I’m back, you bastards.”
– Tilly (Kate Winslet)
As soon as you hear these words you know you’re in for a fun ride and that’s what you get.
The characters were well portrayed and they all had something different to bring to the story. The mum of Winslet’s character was my favourite, she was brilliant and witty and just damn right hilarious. She really did lighten the mood and she gives you some giggles. The relationship she had with Tilly, which is Winslet’s character, was beautiful to watch because you can see how much they actually love each other even when they’re fighting and it looks like they hate each other. Molly (the mum) really didn’t want to like Tilly when she returns home but she just can’t help it and she soon starts warming to her. These two together were just adorable and sweet and one of the funniest but most genuine mother and daughter relationships I’ve seen in a film in a long time.
On the surface, the film looks old and dated but Winslet brings a modern twist to it in the most glamorous way. The dresses in this film were extraordinary, I want them. The red dress she wears at the start of the film is beautiful. They’re all beautiful, to be honest. Winslet was amazing, she brought the character to life.
Just when you think the characters are getting their happy ending, it all falls apart. The town they live in is the tiniest town I have ever seen but the number of deaths that take place in this film is ridiculous.
Tilly deserves a happy ending because she was accused of a murder that she didn’t commit and therefore sent away so she returns to get revenge on those who wronged her. In this time she repairs her relationship with her mum and falls in love for them both to be ripped away from her in the end. It was heartbreaking and cruel but you still get given hope for her at the end. At least she knows the truth and even though she’s lost those closest to her, she goes off to start a new life and you can be happy for her. The best part about the ending is that she burns down that horrible town.
An unusual but fantastic ride with brilliant performances!