A Month of Sundays Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A Month of Sundays

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Frank gets an upside-down welcome.

  • Starring:

    Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke, John Clarke, Indiana Crowther, Mikaela Davies

  • Directed by:

    Matthew Saville

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    World War II artillery units mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: A life support machine is switched off. Collapsed woman. Patient in hospital bed, IV lines/drips, tubes in neck. Arm in sling. Plaster arm cast removed. Flatlining (TV show). Skull motif on poster. Cancer of the liver/lungs/cervix, gangrene, bad hip, dead body, intercranial cerebral aneurism, general anaesthetic, malaria pills, vomiting mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kiss (platonic).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug paraphernalia seen on shelf. Alcohol (champagne). Smoking. Adrenaline, placebos mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, p*ss. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Religious exclamations and references.

  • THEMES:

    Real estate, auction, deafness, old age, wrong numbers, life support, cancer, death, grief, father-son relationships, acting, mid-life crisis, acceptance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged wife/son. Hospital setting. Divorce, deceased mother, dead wife mentioned. Thunder, planes, balloons. Bird poo. Some sign language (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Mild, modest, warmhearted, quiet, bittersweet, wry, small, light, enjoyable. Delicate/excellent/captivating lead performances, handsomely shot, quietly observed, carefully/impressive cinematography, funny/moving at times, interesting character study.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Contrived, schleppy, slow, stretched, implausible, lethargic, misanthropic, familiar. Trite plotting, distracting gimmicks, lazy tropes, too-neat ending.

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