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Lilian's Story (1996)

Cast: Bogdan Koca, Bogdan Koca, Barry Otto, more...
Director: Jerzy Domaradzki, Jerzy Domaradzki
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Australia & New Zealand
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
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Loosely based on the real-life story of Bea Miles, an eccentric character living in Sydney, this fine Australian drama tells the tragic tale of Lilian Singer, a woman whose cruel father placed her in a mental institution where she spent forty years. The story looks at the circumstances surrounding her commitment as a young woman, her childhood and life after she is finally released. In the opening scenes, Lilian leaves the asylum and is taken to a seedy downtown hotel frequented by prostitutes and other shady characters. Fortunately, the working girls prove friendly and sympathetic. Lilian becomes convinced that she is in love with a stodgy bank manager, but her love abruptly dies when he calls the police upon her. She next meets her long-lost lover Frank, who has unfortunately turned into an alcoholic and is unable to respond to her. As Lilian has more experiences, flashbacks gradually reveal the terrible things her father did to her. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Lillians' Depressing Life by KForan June 3, 2002 - 1:08 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
My God thsi was the most depressing film I have ever seen- I don't think I've cried in about a year or more- since I saw Life is Beautiful I think= but this movie made me sob all the way through- almost start to finish I dried up for about ten minutes in teh middle and then started emptying the tissue box again. The film opens with LIllian being released from the inane asylum where she has spent the last 40 years of her life because of her father, who refuses to see her. She was never insane despite a prediliction for shakespeare, but at the end of her 40 year incarceration its a bit difficult for her to adjust to the world again. The most depressing bt is that she lost so much of her life and there's nothing she can do about it. Excesssive;y well acted- but horribely depressing. Ruth Cracknell and Toni Collette are brilliant, and I suppose there is a shakespeare line for everything that can happen in your life.

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