Beautiful Kate
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Celebrated British-born actress Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Against All Odds) makes her feature directorial debut with this unique and occasionally provocative drama, featuring longtime husband Bryan Brown and produced in Brown's native Australia. A loose adaptation of the 1982 novel by Newton Thornburg (Cutter's Way), it transposes the events of that roman from Chicago to an Australian farm. Ben Mendelsohn stars as Ned Kendall, a fortyish author who takes his young, slightly uncouth girlfriend, Toni (Maeve Dermody) along to visit his dying father, Bruce (Brown) a failed politician… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although it presents itself as a bastion of haunting thoughtfulness and a target of controversy, Beautiful Kate offers nothing more than familiar themes seen in plenty of Australian films before it."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Beautifully acted and shot, this isn't comforting cinema but is bold and haunting, marking Ward out as a director of note."
‑ Laura Bushell, Little White Lies
"Draws strong performances from a well-chosen ensemble cast."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A powerful tale of forbidden love, isolation and making peace with the past. Beautiful Kate is truly hypnotic."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Beautiful Kate just keeps drifting along, its spells of passion and anguish, its sex scenes, its crude language, its occasional touches of horror lost in a miasma of dreamy mood swings and jumbled flashbacks."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"A stylish and intriguing debut from Rachel Ward. However, despite its good looks, this film ulimately has little to say for itself."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"A skilfully modulated drama that moves between timeframes and emotional pitches with assurance."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The film is little more than an exercise in killing time until the inevitable scenes of tearful, shame-faced reconciliation."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Ward weaves a deft hidden family tragedy, but you'll see the revelations coming a country mile away."
‑ Kate Stables, Total Film
"Make no mistake, this is a well-worn structure around which to frame an intense and wordy drama. However, Ward keeps the tale's trump cards expertly concealed for as long as feasibly is possible."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"A pedestrian Australian drama that's big on scenery and long, meaningful silences but short on story."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Not the easiest of watches but remains compelling thanks to Mendelsohn's sure evocation of a man whose life has been buffeted by the past."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Beguiles almost to the last frame."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Beautiful Kate is engaging, strikingly shot and superbly acted, though the melodramatic and ultimately predictable plot feels a little overblown at times."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Rachel Ward's directorial debut is well acted and handsomely shot by Andrew Commis, but it goes nowhere."
‑ Nick Dent, Time Out Sydney
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