Sweetie (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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"Sweetie" is a film that really explores the notion of family. As the titular character, Sweetie is a powerful presence whose very existence has crippled her family and, in many ways, held them hostage. Primarily, we see things through Sweetie's sister Kay and I love that the film introduces us to the peculiarities of Kay without explanation. Then when Sweetie arrives on the scene, things start to become very clear as the family dynamic takes the foreground.
I consider "Sweetie" a comedy, but I'm not sure everyone would agree. But then, I have a bit of a sick sense of humor. Certainly there are many laughs to be had in the film--if only uncomfortable ones. But, make no mistake, there is also genuine and vivid emotional turmoil. The films success is that it balances these elements so well--and, in fact, that brings a bold realism and resonance to the proceedings.
The film is shot beautifully, and always slightly askew (which is perfect for the subject matter).Read more ›
'Sweetie' is an odd film. Mostly, it's an examination of what it means to be an individual--inside of and outside of the repetitive struggles of family dramas--and the perils and joys of exclusion and elitism. Campion uses her sharp wit to draw blood, and without the comforts of a privileged moral voice (e.g. the competent parent or maternal sufferer of most family dramas), the humor can seem a little mean-spirited at times. But 'Sweetie' tempers its alienated perspective with moments of grace that are as terrifying, joyful and sublime as the dry open spaces of its Australian landscape.
Moving the viewer through a fractured world of beautiful and unsettling images, Sweetie is this director's most richly creative and psychically adventurous work.
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Forget the overwrought and overwritten plot reviews on this film. They're simply not worth the effort or the time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Russell Bittner
Absolutely mesmorising...the split off parts of oneself (the shadow), and one woman's quest to reintegrate.Published 17 months ago by LA
When it starts off with the eccentric and shy Kay (Karen Colston) falling in love with the handsome Louis (Tom Lycos), Jane Campion's 1988 film SWEETIE promises a romantic comedy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christopher Culver
My favorite remains "An Angel At My Table," but "Sweetie" is definitely compelling. If you are a Campion fan, it's a must see. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ConstantReaderNYC
First of all, I loved how this film was wholly unapologetic. It feels like the work of someone who's done what they wanted, without compromise. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Niklas Pivic
In photography and cinematography there is something called the 'Rule of Thirds'. Wherein the camera operator visually breaks the frame up into THREE parts. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Artprof67
I had a older copy of this movie and was so happy to see that it is now in the criterion collection. This is such a unique movie, well acted and beautifully filmed. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Michael Rousselle
If you're a fan of independent cinema, at first glance Jane Campion's "Sweetie" may feel like a film you've seen many times before - a quirky, deadpan comedy about a dysfunctional... Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by Z. E. Lowell