The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

DVD - 2016
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The Dressmaker tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage. After years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly returns home to the 1950s Australian outback town she left after being accused of murder as a ten-year-old schoolgirl. Hoping to reconcile with her eccentric mother Molly, she also falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy, and--armed with her sewing machine and haute couture style--transforms the women of the town, exacting sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Broad Green Pictures, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 119 minutes) : DVD video, digital ; 12 cm
video file,DVD video,region 1


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PiNkY85 Apr 06, 2020

I really enjoyed this movie. I haven’t read the book. I like Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth they work well together in this movie.

Mar 30, 2020

Strange but worth the watch

Mar 02, 2020

I gave this movie a 1-star rating only because the circa 1950 costumes were stylish and pretty, but otherwise I thought the movie was very stupid. I watched most of it on fast forward hoping that it would settle down and become a real movie, but it didn't. It was unclear whether it was supposed to be a spoof on a spaghetti western, or a drama. The acting was overdone and amateurish, and I question why Kate Winslet would stoop to take on such a role.

Jan 14, 2020

With a very uneven and fragmented plot even the presence of two veteran lady actors cannot save the film. Winslet in my view was also too old to play the role of a young woman. There is also over-acting here and there. I just cannot make out what the film wanted to convey.

Aug 04, 2019

A strange film.
At first, a seemingly wacky comedy with odd but colourful characters and an underlying odd but colourful dark secret.
Then about a half hour before the ending, everything goes..sort
A few dramatically strong moments but largely uneven pace and storytelling.

Jul 21, 2019

This was very entertaining and there is no way you could anticipate what was going to happen. The characters were super colorful as was the film in general.

May 06, 2019

Was not expecting that ending.
I have not read the book upon which this movie is based, so I can't speak to the film's faithfulness to its origin source. But I liked it.... sort of.

Actually, I liked The Dressmaker quite a lot; I just wasn't prepared for its wild shifts in tone or jaw-dropping shocks. Its strengths are a uniformly excellent cast--with standout performances from Kate Winslet as the titular character, Hugo Weaving as the intriguing and rather poignant local constable, Liam Hemsworth, hunky and tender as the farmer with whom Tilly finds love, and especially Miss Judy Davis as Mad Molly, Tilly's wily mum--and a dialogue that zings with droll humor and sharp, vinegary wit. (Also a shout out to young Darcy Wilson, who plays the child Tilly to heartbreaking perfection.)
But as I said, The Dressmaker's sudden turns and mood shifts means it probably won't be to everyone's taste. If you're looking for a film experience that is truly offbeat, give it a chance. You've never seen anything quite like it--and that's a good thing, actually.

Mer15113 Feb 21, 2019

Both the book and the movie were excellent. Great author

Dec 23, 2018

Be advised that it shows rape and murder.

Nov 25, 2018

This interested me from the get-go and didn't let up until the ending, which is kind of a jaw-dropper but after all you were hoping she would do something like that! Interesting characters, fine acting (for the most part), good plot.

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Jun 22, 2017

Other: Rape via a husband drugging his abused wife.


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Feb 03, 2017

I'm back, you bastards.
Well, our Gert's a handsome, capable girl. She knows feedstock, haberdashery...
-(WHISPERS) Mother!
And what powders are lethal to maggots and fly-struck merinos!
What kind of bloody awful music is this?
-Blues. Oh! Music to hang by. Yeah, I don't know. I like it.
She's got a lot of pain in her voice.
-Yeah. Billie Holiday.
Sounds like she needs one.
Style and decency. Some designers just don't seem to know the difference, do they?
Hmm. Fire someplace.
-Yes. Dungatar.
Burning off rubbish, were they? Looks like they overdid it.
-You never met the rubbish.


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