A Month of Sundays
Selling well above the reserve
Cinema Nova - Wednesday 20 April 2016, 6:30pm
Running time: 109m
Release date: 28/04/16
Rating: 9.5/10 (ME 5/5, DP 4.5/5)
Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) is a real estate agent at the crossroads; his marriage to actress Wendy (Justine Clarke) has broken down, he's lost his passion for a business he's become cynical about and he's grieving the mother who died months earlier. When he receives an unexpected phone call from Sarah (Julia Blake) he discovers a new world through the eyes of this enigmatic woman.
A Month of Sundays is a tender human drama set in Adelaide. The performances are subtle and controlled; LaPaglia's stony exterior carefully masks Frank's vulnerabilities and Julia Blake (an actress who is consistently superb in everything she appears in) has been perfectly cast as Sarah, bringing an air of mystery and compassion to a character that is much more complex than she originally appears. The smirking John Clarke (Frank's boss Phillip Lang) initially plays for laughs and then delivers much much more.
The story is simple but highly original, and the script is tight, witty and warm. As much as it's driven by the dynamic between LaPaglia and Blake it's the strength of the ensemble, rounded out by Donal Forde and Indiana Crowther, that gives this character piece so much character. A Month of Sundays is delightful, but take tissues... stat! Recommended. (ME)