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The Goddess of 1967 (2000)

Distraught Japanese businessman obsessed with Citroën DS (French car brand nicknamed Goddess) and a troubled blind 17-year-old Aussie girl who promised to sell him one drive through the Australian Outback to kill her abusive grandfather.

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Clara Law
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Byrne ... B.G.
Rikiya Kurokawa Rikiya Kurokawa ... J.M.
Nicholas Hope ... Grandpa
Elise McCredie Elise McCredie ... Marie
Tim Richards Tim Richards ... Drummer Boy
Bree Beadman Bree Beadman ... B.G. aged 9
Satya Gumbert Satya Gumbert ... Marie aged 9
Tina Bursill ... Esther
Dominic Condon Dominic Condon ... Mr. Hughes
Tim McGarry Tim McGarry ... Detective
John Boxer ... Barman
Harry Lawrence Harry Lawrence ... Old Man in Bar
Masao Ishiguro Masao Ishiguro ... Noodle Man
Stephanie Daniel Stephanie Daniel ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Jean-Pierre Mignon Jean-Pierre Mignon ... D.S. Sergeant (voice)
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Storyline

"Goddess" stands for French "Déesse", the nickname of Citroën DS, the name of a famous car designed in the fifties. A young and well-situated Japanese man is dreaming of such a car, and one fine day he finds an offering on the net. He calls the seller (a man living in Australia), they agree upon the price and so he travels to Australia in order to buy the car. But when he reaches his destination, there's chaos all around: The seller as well as his wife lay dead in their house and a 17 year old girl lets him in and offers him something to eat. He walks out with horror but then comes back because he forgot to ask about the car... The girl lets him see the car, and then they start a 5 day trip through the outback, and, at the same time, a trip back in time into the early youth of the girl and into her family's chronicle. Written by Claus Horn

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

25 April 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Japaner und die Göttin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

About 19 minutes into the movie, they tell each other their names: Yoshiyashu Yanagiya and Deirdre Svidrigailov See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Boy Bubby: Being Bubby (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Away In A Manger
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Traditional lyrics, tune attributed variously to William J. Kirkpatrick or James Murray
Bree Beadman sings along with this Christmas carol she hears on the radio
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wonderful
25 October 2005 | by zoe_smithSee all my reviews

I don't have time to go into in-depth considered praise for this film, but it's a film I have watched several times, and feel it deserves a pat-on-the-back. Although some of the underlying issues that the main characters have gone through are in many respects very serious and macabre, I don't think it was the director's intent to make this a depressing movie which dwells on those issues alone. Goddess is an art movie. It's designed to be visually different and controversial for its handling of subject matter. Blindness, incest, murder, dysfunctionality. An unexpected combination of events against the spectacular backdrop of the Australian outback. Ironically, the central character is blind, and cannot see all this visual beauty directly. But, she somehow finds a strength and sensitivity amongst the far from beautiful physical abuse she grown up with. Somehow with this is intertwined an ex-fashion model from Japan, and a cult car. It's an artistic celluloid canvas. I don't think an average director could put all these elements together and come off with a really watchable and intriguing movie. I love the central character's feisty, yet carefree independence. Free-spirited female viewers will love this. I think most male viewers will miss the subtlety of the movie's intent, and will therefore not enjoy it so much. Makes a really refreshing change from your regular Hollywood flick.


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