The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

DVD - 2016
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The Dressmaker tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage. After years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly returns home to a town in the Australian outback to reconcile with her eccentric mother Molly. She also falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, and armed with her sewing machine and haute couture style, Tilly transforms the women of the town, exacting sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Publisher: [United States] : Broad Green Pictures, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DRE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in

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slbaker48
Nov 03, 2017

I found this movie to be extremely interesting as it was outside the ordinary sort of film. The characters, especially the main character's mother, are portrayed quite vividly. It gives you a feeling of what life must be like for an outsider in a small rural town. Did I enjoy it? Most definitely, yet despite there being so much to laugh about, there was also much in the story that one might find depressing.

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hecto
Sep 14, 2017

The 'plot', such as it is, wanders from broad comedy to melodrama to just plain silly. There are a few nice touches, such as the musical conjuring up of dueling hombres in spaghetti westerns, but the dialogue is never sharp enough for the film's comedic intent and the editing left it way too long. Judy Davis is outstanding as the heroine's wise-cracking mother, and of course no one is going to get tired of looking at Kate Winslet. But overall the film falls flat and does not even pass muster as a harmless way to spend an evening.

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telger
Aug 21, 2017

Hmmm-- this was interesting and intriguing at the very beginning...but I waited for a few more minutes. And then- Nah.. I could not watch this movie any longer. :(

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mariakoehn
Aug 07, 2017

Well shot and the costumes are amazing. Such a great film it's now one of my favourites.

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JILLYJELLY
Aug 04, 2017

I read the book before seeing the movie and I think the book was better, but Kate Winslet does a great job. It's a fun movie.

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Hellsbells2017
Aug 02, 2017

Loved it ....very entertaining made me laugh cry, and furious.... great story!

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JoaBiblio
Jul 25, 2017

One of those films you can't guess not the end but not even the next scene.
A female Count of Monte Cristo.

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Jane_Sm
Jul 24, 2017

Quite enjoyed the take-offs on classic Westerns (the showdown, etc.) Silly fun for the most part.

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rslade
Jul 13, 2017

An interesting idea, and shows some promise, but ultimately the cruelty and revenge theme overshadow any cleverness and make the film merely bad-tempered.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jul 03, 2017

I can see that this is a love it or hate it film. I loved the first 2/3's of the film. I thought Kate Winslet and Judy Davis were both outstanding. I loved the setting, the characters and the costumes were wonderful. If the film had wrapped up about 2/3's of the way through, it would have been very enjoyable. The last section, however, shifted from something fun and quirky to something really unpleasant. Some of the messages and themes presented at the end were very problematic for me and certainly made the film a lot less fun. Overall I'm glad I watched it, but I understand the problems some people have with it.

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LoganLib_Sophie Jun 16, 2016

LoganLib_Sophie thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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kpelish
Jun 22, 2017

Other: Rape via a husband drugging his abused wife.

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jimg2000
Feb 03, 2017

I'm back, you bastards.
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Well, our Gert's a handsome, capable girl. She knows feedstock, haberdashery...
-(WHISPERS) Mother!
And what powders are lethal to maggots and fly-struck merinos!
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What kind of bloody awful music is this?
-Blues. Oh! Music to hang by. Yeah, I don't know. I like it.
She's got a lot of pain in her voice.
-Yeah. Billie Holiday.
Sounds like she needs one.
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Style and decency. Some designers just don't seem to know the difference, do they?
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Hmm. Fire someplace.
-Yes. Dungatar.
Burning off rubbish, were they? Looks like they overdid it.
-You never met the rubbish.

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