Blu-Ray Review: Jane Campion’s ‘Sweetie’ Continues to Tantalize, Provoke

Chicago – “Excuse me, I don’t feel anything,” announces the young, saucer-eyed woman to her meditation instructor. In fact, she feels many things, though meditative tranquility is not among them. Whenever she closes her eyes, a series of nightmarish images emerge from the depths of her heightened paranoia. At the center of her fears is a dark force in the form of her sister, lovingly nicknamed, “Sweetie.”

Though Kay (Karen Colson) is technically the heart and soul of this potent 1989 drama, her troubled, titular sibling, carrying the birth name of Dawn (Geneviève Lemon), soaks up attention like a sponge. Her unrestrained flamboyance and untreated mental illness threatens to consume everyone and everything that falls into her orbit. Kay’s irrational fear of trees seems to be symbolic of the family roots that run deep, entangling her limbs and stunting her growth.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Sweetie” marks the feature filmmaking debut of Jane Campion,
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