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Floodhouse (2003)

  Directed by: Miro Bilbrough
Written by: Miro Bilbrough
Starring: Brendan Cowell, Sally Evans, Catherine McClements, Robert Menzies, Victoria Thaine
Links: Floodhouse on the IMDb
Genre: Short
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Short Fiction Film 2004 (nominee)

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Quite the noodle-scratcher" - a review by pearly

In Floodhouse, young Mara (Victoria Thaine) leaves behind the city and life living with her grandmother, and heads to a remote shack on the edge of a river, where she is to begin a new life with her father (Robert Menzies) and her younger sister. Mara's father is a bit of an odd man; one of his first sentences to her after her arrival is to warn her that sitting in such a fashion as she is will give her a chill in her vagina. Indeed.

Clocking in at 52 minutes, Floodhouse is really pushing the friendship in being considered a short film, as far as I'm concerned. It's quite a rambling thing, too. I had plenty of opportunity to form my overall opinion of the film, and I eventually decided on "what the?". There doesn't seem to be any real point, other than the coming-of-age of this young woman who has been pushed into a situation surrounded by quite a strange bunch: her family and hangers-on.

Aside from Mara's father, her little sister, who is somewhat there as comic relief, knows far too many four letter words for someone her age, and her mother (Catherine McClements), who lives elsewhere, but who Mara visits, walks around without any top on.

A film doesn't necessarily have to have a point, but I really wasn't sure what director Miro Bilbrough was trying to do with this film. She managed to create quite an atmosphere, with a big help from the wonderfully appropriate music running through the film (this being one of my favourite aspects), but other than that, I really don't know what to say.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 26 Aug 2004

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  1. The movie has got great physical contents about love during a human's youth.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Philipp on Sat 25 Jun 2005 09:16 #

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