Bitter And Twisted

Directed by Christopher Weekes
  • Australia
  • 90 minutes
  • 2008

The Lombard family has been steadily disintegrating since the death of oldest son Liam three years before. The descent is slow and soft, manifesting itself in a personal crisis for each family member. Obese father Jordan is caught in a vicious cycle of overeating while Mother Penny harbors a hysterical false hope that she may be pregnant and suffers a rude awakening when she discovers that, on the contrary, she has started menopause. Son Ben is not sure if he is gay or straight, but he knows that he has very strong feelings for the girl across the cul-de-sac - his dead brother’s ex-girlfriend - who also happens to be having a tragic affair with a married man.

Director Christopher Weekes, remarkably captures the way a family can fold after an unexpected death. He develops the crisis of each family member with an almost clinical precision while keeping the overall tone somewhat dreamy. This stirring depiction of quiet desperation is perfectly accompanied by a warm, melancholic soundtrack of Nick Drake songs.

David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival Programme

Noni Hazlehurst,Steve Rodgers, Leeanna Walsman,Christopher Weekes