- Actors: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto, Kiri Paramore
- Directors: Gillian Armstrong
- Writers: Helen Garner
- Producers: Jan Chapman, Mark Turnbull
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Cest La Vie
- DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2004
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B0001EYTIY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Last Days Of Chez Nous 
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This Australian drama revolves around Beth (Lisa Harrow) who is married to J.P. (Bruno Ganz). Her daughter Annie is being wooed by their lodger and Beth's younger sister returns from overseas. She and J.P. embark on an affair.
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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 its
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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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. That said, its still entertaining, moving, playful and very worth seeing.
Bruno Ganz is terrific as a narcissistic, but funny and often endearing (when not frustrating) French émigré to Australia, full of life, but with the impulse control of a 6 year old. (his native German accent slips in occasionally, but not enough to really be a problem). Kerry Fox as a very emotional daughter and wanna be writer just starting to find herself in life keeps up with him. Both bring a kind of joie de vivre to the screen that feels very genuine. When they dance with wild abandon (and humor) it never feels forced or acted, but like they are really having the most wonderful time.
The only character I had any kind of problem with was Lisa Harrow’s Beth, the matriarch of the clan, and Ganz’s lover. She repeatedly tells us how difficult she is, and Ganz treats her as if that were the case, refusing her sexual desires, cheating on her, talking about ‘how she doesn’t know how to love’, but whether it’s the writing or the performance, I don’t see that side of her character. So Beth ends up as a bit of a
martyr, and those that wrong seem bewilderingly mean and selfish. If we saw more of her dark side the film might have felt better balanced. This is not a film for heroes and villains.
Also, 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.
By the end, I found myself sad to leave these characters, as if they were old friends, and wishing I could stay on to see what happens next. I'll take that in a film.