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Celia [VHS]

Rebecca Smart , Nicholas Eadie , Ann Turner    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Rebecca Smart, Nicholas Eadie, Maryanne Fahey, Victoria Langley, Margaret Ricketts
  • Directors: Ann Turner
  • Producers: Gordon Glenn, Timothy White
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disc Distribution
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CKFW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Set in 1950s suburban Melbourne, at a time when the Australian government is ferreting out Communists and controlling the rabbit population through the introduction of myxomatosis. To 9-year-old Celia the two policies are somehow connected, while she also does battle with fictional monsters and her own relatives. A disturbing exploration of childhood fears and pre-occupations.

Review

Perhaps the most impressive debut of recent years. Ann Turner's brilliant tale of life in '50's Australia engages heart and brain throughout. --Empire

I rate Celia as one of those classics of childhood such as The Fallen Idol or The 400 Blows --The Mail

A performance from Rebecca Smart in the leading role that is little short of miraculous. --Derek Malcolm, The Guardian

Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celia 28 April 2009
By MarkusG
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Interesting film about 9 year old Celia, a child with strong will and imagination. It is very well made and depicts the world from a childs perspective, incorporating some surreal/horror-moments. But the film should be seen rather than discussed in advance.

The picture of the DVD is somewhat aged with some grain. But the transfer is stable and without dirt - I watched it without problems on a projector. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An antipodean gem 8 July 2009
Format:DVD
Saw this in the cinema in the late 1980's and remember being really impressed. I was pleased to discover the film had finally surfaced on DVD.
My memories of the film were not wrong - by turns dark, funny, insightful and consistently undercuts (and exceeds) expectations. It's a supremely intelligent feature, that manages to be both subtle and deeply affecting.
The heart of the film is a truly spectacular performance from young Australian actress Rebecca Smart as the titular Celia.
The film captures perfectly the cruelties and confusion of childhood - and it can proudy stand amid other classic tales of childhood's end like Stand By Me, Lord of the Flies and Pan's Labyrinth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little movie 8 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
What a fantastic find. I hadn't heard of this movie before, which was suggested by Amazon. It really is an unnerving and strange dissection of childhood, interwoven with the children's story the Hobyahs. It really should be investigated if you are a fan of 70s Australian movies like Picnic at Hanging Rock etc. Ace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching and true to life 11 Mar 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Celia is a bit of a one-off and highly engaging, even if things take a somewhat disturbing turn towards the end. It shows the life and scary imaginings of a young girl who spends much of the time running around holding an enormous pet rabbit. The rabbit almost steals the film, I would say, but there are plenty of sharp observations as well and Celia makes a very winning central consciousness, if troubling too. I would liken it to The 400 Blows, but about a girl and set on the other side of the world in a very different kind of society ... nevertheless it deserves to stand with it as one of the great films about childhood - both evoke the world of the character with singular force and insight.
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