29th March 2019
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Ware Arts Review
n the delicious, wonderfully odd Australian revenge tale “The
Dressmaker,” Kate Winslet is a wild-card clothier who shows up
in her home town to settle a childhood score.
From the moment Winslet opens the film, dragging on a
cigarette and seething “I’m back, you bastards” as she pulls up
in her outback town of Dungatar, “The Dressmaker” is off to the
And what a strange race it turns out to be.
Winslet plays Tilly, who left town many years ago with a dark secret. She arrives home, wielding her sewing machine like a shotgun, and begins taking care of her mother (Judy Davis), who lives in squalor atop the town’s hill.
Among the townspeople with whom she crosses paths are a cross-dressing cop (Hugo Weaving) and a handsome young footballer (Liam Hemsworth).
They become part of her plot to discover her past, as she gives many in town a stunning makeover along the way.
Jocelyn Moorhouse, directing her first film since 1997’s “A Thousand Acres,” fashions “The Dressmaker” as a bizarre little ode to her Australian homeland. Its tonal peculiarities may present problems for U.S. audiences, but if you’re able to catch its wave, it’s quite a wild ride.
Winslet is allowed to flex her seldom-utilized humor muscles, and she’s a barnburner in a fun, juicy role. There’s plenty to admire here, especially if your taste is tailored to the unusual.
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