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Teesh and Trude (2002)

  Directed by: Melanie Read
Starring: Jacob Allan, Linda Cropper, Peter Phelps, Susie Porter
Links: Teesh and Trude on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2003 (nominee)

This movie gets: 4.50 (2 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 158th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Not the happiest film of all time" - a review by em_fiction

I caught this film the other night on SBS - a small low budget Australian film about the adversity faced by ordinary Australian women (read Nicole's review for a more plot details).

Like you'd expect in a broken down household, 'fuck' becomes the most vital part of their vocabularies. The downer to this film is that it is so unbelievably depressing. It's so sad to watch these people pervade their lives with such pessimism and destruction. I actually respect depressing films but this film lacks the merit that gives the good depressing films validity. Instead it's just people thrusting swearwords and nasty comments at one another. It's really sad to watch - not the emotional sad, it's a sickening sad. The performances though, are outstandingly realistic; so real that it actually kept me watching.

Despite all the pain and turmoil throughout the film, though, it doesn't end in total despair, but unfortunately that alone isn't enough to save it from all the negatives.

em_fiction gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 11 Dec 2003

"Surrounds offer more interest than characters" - a review by pearly

Teesh (Susie Porter) and Trude (Linda Cropper) share a run-down flat in the burbs; their circumstances landing them together. Teesh can't really be bothered looking after her son, and Trude's boyfriend only comes around when he wants a bit of action in the bed, or when his washing needs doing. There's some interesting soapies to watch on the telly, or they could go down to the local shopping centre and look for some bargains.

This movie is about a day in the life of these ordinary women. The day is not particularly ordinary though, as it's the day when Teesh's dad gets out of jail, and Trude's kids show up out of the blue.

In a way, Teesh and Trude is like The Boys (1997), but focusing on girls rather than boys, and without the (implied) violence. It isn't, however, anywhere near as powerful or memorable as that movie was. While the characters portrayed in The Boys were the kinds of characters that you could really sink your teeth into, I found that I couldn't care less about the characters in Teesh and Trude.

The best thing about the movie is the visuals - it's not afraid to show the suburban house of a couple of people on a low income for what it really is: run-down, dank. There are tampons on the coffee table, dirty dishes all over the place, and crooked pictures on the wall (or falling off the wall). I started to feel dirty just sitting there watching it.

Unfortunately, the only other thing I got out of watching Teesh and Trude was a reminder that I haven't really liked any movie that I've ever seen Susie Porter in.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 24 Sep 2003

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 4.50
Lowest rating: 4 (by pearly)
Highest rating: 5 (by em_fiction)
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Reader comments

  1. Brilliant in its realism, so much so I had to check twice that it was Australian! (But then again the newspaper review did also list it as a comedy! Comedy my arse!) An oft understated performance from all. A True gem!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from jess on Thu 11 Dec 2003 10:10 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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