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The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)

Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth's house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writer:

Helen Garner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Harrow ... Beth
Bruno Ganz ... J.P.
Kerry Fox ... Vicki
Miranda Otto ... Annie
Kiri Paramore ... Tim
Bill Hunter ... Beth's Father
Lex Marinos Lex Marinos ... Angelo
Mickey Camilleri Mickey Camilleri ... Sally
Lynne Murphy Lynne Murphy ... Beth's Mother
Claire Haywood Claire Haywood ... Janet
Leanne Bundy Leanne Bundy ... Susie
Wilson Alcorn Wilson Alcorn ... Cafe Dero
Tom Weaver Tom Weaver ... Thief
Bill Brady Bill Brady ... Mayor
Eva Di Cesare Eva Di Cesare ... Waitress
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Storyline

Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth's house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with Frenchman J.P., and her rather prickly houseproud ways are causing frictions counterpointed by Vicki's more laid-back and indolent air. When Beth goes off on vacation to the outback alone with her cantankerous father to see if they can finally get to know each other, relationships in the household start to shift. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A story of love, lust and betrayal.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a moment of strong sexual language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ennen kuin kaikki päättyy See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$831,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$831,578
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

In the fight between Beth and J.P. on the way home, J.P. makes a comment about a 'Drizabone'. 'Drizabone' is the brand name of a type of oilskin coat, much favoured by farmers and other rural workers. See more »

Quotes

J.P.: Why don't you become a christian, or a buddhist? then you could forgive me for everything I do.
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Soundtracks

Donna Lee
Written by Charlie Parker
Performed by the Groovematics
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Terrifically acted study of a family
14 April 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Full of wonderfully acted, beautifully observed moments in the life of an unconventional family, this was called, by one critic, 'an Australian 'Hannah and her Sisters'. And to an extent that's not a bad description.

But this film is messier, less complete in it's vision and less bold in it's style. None-the less it's still entertaining, moving, and very worth seeing.

Bruno Ganz's half French, half German accent is a bit distracting (he's terrific otherwise), and, for me, the ending felt rushed, as if things had to get to a conclusion.

It's a film I'd actually wished had gone on longer, or had been willing to leave things less resolved. Once you start with the messiness of life, you lose something with a last minute switch to the neatness of movies.


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