The Eye of the Storm Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Eye of the Storm

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes and themes.

  • The pitch:

    Caught in the glare of the tempest.

  • Starring:

    Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, Maria Theodorakis, Alexandra Schepisi, Colin Friels, Peter Houghton, John Gaden

  • Directed by:

    Fred Schepisi

  • Running time:

    119 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman hits her head, a woman hits her forehead, a woman collapses, a woman commits (implied) suicide. Dropped tray, broken glass. Property damage, debris. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Grazed head, bloody cheek, bloody eyebrow, blood on clothing, blood smears. Wound stitched and bandaged (needle seen piercing skin). Broken arm mentioned. Animal corpses, human corpses.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man has sex with several women. A woman massages a man's genitals. Kissing, groping, flirting. Sexual perversion, affairs, infidelity mentioned. Sexual innuendo. A woman spies her husband behaving intimately with her mother. Incest implied. Nudity: Naked man seen from behind (genitals visible between legs). Nude man and woman in bed (breasts partially seen). Woman undressing. Nightwear, underwear. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails, fortified wine). Intoxication. Smoking. Prescription medication administered and discussed; morphine mentioned. A nurse tampers with a woman's medication.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss, pen*s. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Family, bitterness, memories, regression, inheritance, dementia, flashbacks, hallucination, upper classes, theatre, greed, stubbornness, power, rejection, mental instability, hired help, ethics, siblings, death, dying.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Infirm mother. Ex-husband, deceased mother, deceased father mentioned. Stroke, bronchitis mentioned. Nursing staff wear a dying woman's clothes and jewellery. Flocks of birds (seagulls, black swans), horses, maggot, fly, fish, dogs, dead bird, dead horse. Helicopter, lightning, commode, broken mirror, platypus-fur blanket, fur stoles worn. Seafood, oysters, roast meat, pies eaten; barbecuing meat, food wastage. Swollen feet. Some French language (subtitled), German songs. Based on the novel by Patrick White.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Superb performances, intelligent, visually sumptuous, solid screenplay, gorgeous production design, lustrous score, graceful editing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Limited audience appeal, weighty narrative, over-ambitious.

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