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Preservation (2003)

  Directed by: Sofya Gollan
Written by: Sofya Gollan
Starring: Simon Burke, Jack Finsterer, Fiona Martinelli, Jacqueline McKenzie
Links: Preservation on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Short Fiction Film 2003 (nominee)

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Stiff upper movie" - a review by pearly

The opening scenes of Preservation show the skin of a dead body (cat? dog? I am not sure) being separated from its innards with great precision by a masked woman. It clearly indicates the profession of the main character Daphne (Jacqueline McKenzie), who is a taxidermist living in the late 1800s.

Daphne has been living alone since she inherited her father's business, but a man (Jack Finsterer) comes knocking at her door and she gives him a room. Over the course of the movie's just under one hour, they get to know each other more closely, moving from mistrust to friendship.

After its confronting opening, it's all downhill from there. Daphne's destructive relationship with shyster Mr Crewe (Simon Burke) is obvious to everyone except her, and the blossoming romance between her and Nick is frankly a bit of a yawnfest.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 25 Sep 2003

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