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The actions of a handful of troubled young people are seen from two different perspectives in this drama from Australian filmmaker Ana Kokkinos. Daniel (Harrison Gilbertson) has a combative relationship with his parents and acts out by stealing; when challenged by his mother, he breaks into a neighbor's house and accidentally causes the death of an elderly woman. Orton (Reef Ireland) has run away from home and is stranded in the big city; his younger sister Stacey (Eva Lazzaro) finds him living in a clothing donation box, where she shares with him stories of abuse at the hand's of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Some fine talent manages to rise above flimsy scenarios in this multi-thread expose of low-rent Melbourne mothering and its bitter legacy. Surely the whole truth would call for some rays of light in these shabby lives?"
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Blessed is uneven and overall not as good as Kokkinos's other films but it nevertheless contains some of her best work to date."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Blessed's relentless melodrama means the situations feel staged and stereotypical and both the mothers and children for the most part become painful, charmless annoyances who we want to go home to avoid."
‑ Giles Hardie, Unknown2
"Skilfully woven together, the separate tales that eventually intersect portray a touching look at the relationship between mothers and children."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
"Ana Kokkinos has made an exquisitely and brutally powerful film about the indestructible but fragile thread that connects mothers and children."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Unforgiving in its shrewd relentlessness, the cast is flawless as is the direction."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"A slow-burning, emotionally haunting film that thrusts the bond between mother and child under a microscope."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Kokkinos is never backward in confronting her audience, but she's also a sensitive portrayer of emotions that are basic to us all and with this marvellous film she has created her best work so far."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Brilliant performances and Kokkinos' assured direction result in another strong local production."
‑ Simon Jones, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A tad bloated and uncompromisingly bleak, Blessed is buoyed by its impressive ensemble cast."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Blessed is a rich, unsettling vision of the mother-child relationship, By the end, it is clear that things are not always as they seem. Sometimes it's a reversal of expectations, sometimes an unpredictable consequence."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Blessed is a powerful and truthful movie experience that lingers long after the end."
‑ Des Partridge, Courier Mail (Australia)
"Blessed with cinematic ambition, Ana Kokkinos and her writing collaborators have forged a striking film out of pain and dysfunction, yet managing to pull out a serene sense of closure in the final moments."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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