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Love's Brother (2004)

  Directed by: Jan Sardi
Written by: Jan Sardi
Starring: Silvia De Santis, Adam Garcia, Giovanni Ribisi, Amelia Warner
Links: Love's Brother on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2004 (nominee)

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

"Didn't hit the sides on the way down" - a review by pearly

Australian film and television about, for want of a better word, wogs, have a long and varied history. Love's Brother jumps into bed with the rest of them, yelling "me too!" at the top of its voice. It is, however, quite different to most, in that it doesn't rely on comedy, and is more of a cultural tale.

Set in 1950s Australia, Angelo (Giovanni Ribisi) has been trying to find a wife through a matchmaker, where letters are sent from men in Australia, such as Angelo, back to women in Italy wishing to find a husband and immigrate to Australia. Suffering from a lack of self-esteem, Angelo sends a letter to Rosetta (Amelia Warner), but attaches a photo of his brother Gino (Adam Garcia) instead of himself.

Upon her arrival in Australia, Rosetta is quite confused to find Angelo instead of Gino, and the rest of Angelo's family try to deal with the situation as best they can. Rosetta must decide whether to stay in Australia and make the best of the situation, or go back to Italy.

Love's Brother is a pretty straight-forward generic story - there was nothing unusual for me to get my teeth into and grab a hold of. This type of story might suit some people, but I prefer something a little different, and as such, I found that although I wasn't exactly bored by the story, it didn't really excite me either.

And while I enjoyed the performance of Warner as the lovely Rosetta, I couldn't stand Ribisi's terrible Australian-Italian accent; it grated on me for the length of the film; I never even got used to it. Another thing I didn't understand was the purpose of the gypsy painter character, played by Reg Mombassa. He was fine as a character, but his use in closing the film seemed a little odd to me - was he really that important in the scheme of things? Did director Jan Sardi just want an excuse to use Mombassa? I don't get it.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 2 Sep 2004

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  1. love it

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Lalie on Tue 07 Jun 2005 00:56 #

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