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LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPHES: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A (busy) day in the life of five university students. As the day ends and the party begins, events begin to unravel in unexpected ways. Love conquers all.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Naturally observant, intoxicatingly unpredictable, this is a film anyone from late teens to late 30s (and the lively ones over that) will respond to. It's an under-produced, reality-on-screen sort of 'day in the life of a group' movie, made on an impulse and a dole-queue budget.

Mia (Frances O'Connor) and Alice (Alice Garner) have just moved into a warehouse apartment but are still minus a housemate. Danni (Rhada Mitchell), Mia's girlfriend is keen to move in, but Mia fears commitment. Mia is obsessed with her favourite lecturer; Alice is four years late with her thesis on 'Doris Day is a feminist warrior'. She is looking for a perfect man but can't find anyone who fits her rigorous criteria. She falls for the most unsuitable male possible, Ari (Matthew Dytynski), a classics student and part time gigolo. Little does she know she has a secret admirer, Michael (Matt Day), a shy medical student who is living in the share house from hell, and wants out. Mia and Danni fight - it's over. Ari tells Michael about the spare room at Alice and Mia's.

As they said at Cannes, where it won the attention of audiences and big Hollywood players alike, it is fresh and fun. Wow, how do you make a movie like that? Good writing, that's how.

Published February 16, 2006

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LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPHES: DVD (M)
(Aus, 1996)

CAST: Frances O'Connor, Alice Garner, Rhada Mitchell, Matthew Dyktinski, Matt Day, Kym Gyngell, Suzy Dougherty

DIRECTOR: Emma Kate Croghan

SCRIPT: Yale Bregman, Helen Bandis

RUNNING TIME: 79 minutes

PRESENTATION: widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: none

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: February 2, 2006







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