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Travelling Light (2003)

  Directed by: Kathryn Millard
Written by: Kathryn Millard
Starring: Sacha Horler, Pia Miranda, Brett Stiller
Links: Travelling Light on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2003 (nominee)

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Pretty light-on" - a review by pearly

I am a fan of both Pia Miranda and Sacha Horler, so I expected good things from Travelling Light, in which they star as sisters living in Adelaide in the 1970s. Leanne (Miranda) is studying to be a teacher, but is finding it to be very restrictive and prefers to spend her time hanging out with friends and honing her photography skills. Big sister Bronwyn (Horler) is newly married, but she is also finding her new life to be not to her liking, and she is incredibly upset when her husband gets her a juice extractor for her birthday. When a young American poet named Lou comes to town, he inspires the girls (particularly Leanne) to change the path that they're headed along.

What could have been a moving story about two sisters finding themselves ended up being a pretty uninspired couple of hours. Mainly, I wasn't buying Brett Stiller as Lou (Miranda and Stiller have previously worked together in Garage Days (2002)) - his accent seemed really put-on, but more than that; Leanne was meant to be totally mesmerised by him, and I found him to be completely boring.

Miranda gave a feisty portrayal of Leanne, but this character was far less interesting than that of Bronwyn, and Bronwyn was given less screen time - Horler's muted performance of a desperate woman was the only thing that left me wanting to know more.

Unfortunately, Travelling Light would have to sit in the wait-for-DVD or possibly even the don't-bother pile.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 15 Oct 2003

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Reader comments

  1. Great film. Lyrical, funny and with a darker undercurrent. Subtle too - a rare thing in Ausie films! Brilliantly directed.

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Josefa Carlin on Tue 11 Nov 2003 11:21 #

  2. I think that the characters had great depth, they were all very realistic and plausible. I love 1970's in Australia or in fact anywhere, I desperatly wish that I could live in that time but unfortunatly for yours truly I was born in 1991.
    I think that Pia Miranda is an amazing actress, and Brett Stiller is a hottie.
    Cheerz Jess

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Jess on Sun 21 Mar 2004 16:09 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.50 (2 ratings)

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