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Praise [1998] [DVD]

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Actors: Peter Fenton, Sacha Horler, Marta Dusseldorp, Ray Bull, Joel Edgerton
  • Directors: John Curran
  • Producers: Martha Coleman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Britfilms TV
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001BM92A0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,987 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A story of love, never ending sex and Scrabble, `Praise' is a bizarre enough tale if ever there was one.

Based on the semi-autobiographical story from Andrew McGahan, the film follows the irregular relationship between chain-smoking asthmatic Gordon (Peter Fenton) and insecure eczema victim Cynthia, as they both help one another through the grim situations that they've each wandered into.
Through emotional storytelling, this pathetic duo is seen in a whole new light, connecting with one another amidst the drugs, drink and triple word scores. This is a unique and engrossing drama that deserves every bit of `Praise' it can gather.

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Laurel leaves x 6 AFI Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Screenplay Adapted From Another Source FCCA Awards Best Actor - Female Best Director Best Screenplay - Adapted Toronto Film Fetsival International Critics' Award John Curran

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Praise has been sitting on my shelf for a while now and I popped it on last night. I have to say I found it a very compelling story about a boy and girl who are both outsiders in their own right but come together to play scrabble, have sex and discuss life. The film is a really lovely experience and rather uplifting, I found. It has a gentle humour and is also erotic in places but never gratuitous. After watching, I look online for reviews etc and found that this is a very popular film and the New York Times called this one of the years 10 best in its year of release. After watching, you will see that this bit of praise (sorry for the pun) is very apt indeed.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90c61ccc) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90c30ae0) out of 5 stars Wicked Fun!! 28 Jan. 2004
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Frankly this movie should have been rated triple X. There is a ton of sex in this film and when there isn't sex, people are talking about it. But that's not what made the film interesting. The lead characters Gordon and Cynthia are lovers with the setting in an Australian squat. They're a mismatched couple to the T. Gordon is shy and has to be told what to do at every moment. He regrets this when he hooks up with Cynthia, a young waitress who has to have sex or she feels she's going to die. The two begin on a turbulent realionship because their feelings about intercourse couldn't be more different. Gordon doesn't enjoy sex that much. Cynthia loves it and has to have it every second. So after weeks of Gordon giving into her constant sexual requests, Cynthia turns up pregnant. They decide to have an abortion. Gordon is happy because this means he gets four weeks off. But the moment Cynthia is allowed to have sex again, she's on Gordon faster than a fly is on a wall. It's clear that Cynthia has some deep issues to deal with. She thinks sex is love. She feels Gordon only loves her when he's intimate with her. Gordon figures out that he doesn't really love Cynthia at all. She's physically draining and mentally dangerous to his health. Cynthia leaves Melbourne never to see Gordon again. And of course he misses her immediately after she leaves.
Great acting. Great realization. Realistic dialogue.
Word of warning: this film is not for anyone who isn't comfortable with people talking graphically about sex. This film takes dirty talk to another level and it can only be respected if you can take it. If you subtract all the sex, it's a very touching love story. I admit after the fifth sex scene I wanted the characters to surpass that but they never did. If you see the movie you'll understand how two lonely people use sex to control one another. A riveting film. Not for the kiddies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90cdd00c) out of 5 stars but worth watching because it received great acclaim at the time it was released 1 Nov. 2014
By Caroline Armitage - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a much-talked about Australian film, but the storyline is rather confronting. It details the relationship between two dysfunctional people, whose main interest in life is sex and drugs for the woman, played superbly by Sacha Horler, and the shiftless man upon, out of work and unmotivated, on whom she focuses her attention.
The two main actors are very convincing in their roles, and there is a small part played by the ever-convincing Marta Dusseldorp. Not an uplifting experience, but worth watching because it received great acclaim at the time it was released.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90c7af84) out of 5 stars loving puts your heart at risk 1 Nov. 2001
By Peter Shelley - Published on Amazon.com
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Apart from featuring constant screen cigarette smoking, this Australian film directed by John Curran defies expectations. Set in a Brisbane boarding house it presents Peter Fenton as an asthmatic who begins a romance with eczema sufferer Sacha Horler. Curran's formal style lessens the grunginess of the locale, though at times he overdoes the soundtrack with aural effects, so we can concentrate on the phenonema of the relationship. What is remarkable about the treatment is that neither of the characters are shown to be losers, in spite of their physical challenges. Rather there is much emphasis on flesh, in particular Horler's physical insatiablity and the demand it makes on Fenton. In response to Horler's comment that she thinks herself "hideous", Curran cuts to a crowd's apparent look of disapproval which is later revealed to be their fear of being group photographed.
In spite of the suggestion that Horler is a monstrous child/woman, the actor invests her with a vulnerability that is very appealing. And Fenton's tenderness is also pleasing.
The film suffers without Horler, and Curran doesn't know how to end, which may be the fault of the source novel by Andrew McGahan. Depicting residents of a boarding house as men without dreams or levity is perhaps too easy, but at least we get to see a physical transformation. Curran repeats one set-up from a longer shot, which predetermines the ending, and provides an amusing if inexplicable parallel between the boarding house and a hospital ward after hours.
HASH(0x90c60858) out of 5 stars plenty of beautiful feminine nudity 5 May 2014
By Mr. Fabio D'Ambrosi - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is about of two young low self-esteem people, unemployed and struggle with their lives and find a way to be happy my having sex out of pleasure.
HASH(0x900b48c4) out of 5 stars Four Stars 29 July 2014
By Brittany Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a good movie!!
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