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The Eye of the Storm (DVD)

Charlotte Rampling , Geoffrey Rush , Fred Schepisi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis
  • Directors: Fred Schepisi
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, THE EYE OF THE STORM is a savage exploration of family relationships and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them. When Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) has a stroke, her son and daughter (Oscar ® Award Winner Geoffrey Rush and Academy Award nominee Judy Davis) fly across the world to be at her bedside sparking the family s old frictions and resentments. They struggle to come to terms with who they are, what they mean to each other and finally, how they can best survive to find peace in their lives - their own, eye of the storm.


Superb performances by the principal trio. An intelligent sumptuous drama --Hollywood Reporter

Moving and often very funny. It s an acting masterclass --Screen Daily

Brilliant! --Stephen Fry (Twitter)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eye of the Storm 14 Oct 2013
I was encouraged to see this after reading Philip French's review and thought it was excellent and certainly one of the best performances from Charlotte Rampling I have ever seen.I also thought Judy Davis, who plays her daughter, was incredible - a not particularly likeable character you wind up having great sympthay for. This is a good quality film with touches of humour that will probably make you appreciate your own family a whole lot more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's an all star Australian turkey 12 Oct 2014
What went wrong with this book to lavish screen adapdation is hard to pinpoint, because Fred Schepisi has made some very good films, and it's a good story. But this all star Australian turkey is a mess. The two glaring problems are the fact that all the 'family' are much too old, and the matriach, played by a tarted up Charlotte Rampling, is much too young. All three players are around the same age, and no amount of bad makeup can hide it. So there's no conviction to the 'family' unit whatsoever. It's rare to find so much really terrible actiing in a film by such a good director, but here it's embarassing. Everybody's painfully bad. And there's almost no conviction in the visuals either. I spent most of my life living in the two cities where this takes place, and nothing feels right. And there's some really bad CGI to add to the problems. I thought it was dreadful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Eye of the Storm 21 Jun 2013
I saw this at the cinema a couple of months ago and had high expectations about the acting - what a cast - but was a bit concerned that is might be a bit heavy because of the subject matter. I needn't have worried, as the film is very, very good and surpisingly funny. Judy Davis was amazing - her facial expressions alone conveyed her character's vulnerability and disgust - and an aged up Charlotte Rampling playing the manipulative matriach, was very convincing and also touching. The film looked beautiful too and I keep remembering bits of dialogue that have really stayed with me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd film 28 April 2014
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Bought this for my mum who knew Helen Morse (the maid) as a child. Watched it with her and both decided that, although well acted, it's a very odd film! (Don't recommend watching with your 80 year old mother)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful proper drama 14 Mar 2014
This movie is slow-moving, with no car-chases, so won't appeal to all. However if you give it your full attention it will repay you. The Acting is all top-notch (both the big names and possibly even more so the supporting cast). Beautiful Australian backdrops - really recreates the atmosphere of 1970s Australia. The story is an accurate representation of a Patrick White novel - which in itself is an achievement. No heroes and lots of villains, but nobody being entirely one thing.
A good old cerebral journey: Well worth the effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting Story 3 Mar 2014
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The actors were all good! The story I found weak and confusing to put together. The best part was the end when the old lawyer finally came through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dressing up for adults 23 Dec 2013
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Oddly compelling watching, but the repetitive meanderings of White's novel don't transfer too readily to the screen. The actors act their socks off, but the oppressive symbolism of the novel affects the narrative structure of the film. The decline and fall are all too predictable. Some of the sets are ravishing - and the scenes set in the extraordinary Ripponlea in the outskirts of Melbourne powerfully evoke an era of money-damage to the weirdest of families. Charlotte Rampling clearly enjoyed hamming up the whole thing, and the actors as a group must have relished their chance to overact in splendid costumes. Nevertheless, I stuck with the show, which was more than a cut above the usual straight to DVD film.
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