You don't feel how much the film has packed into those 106 minutes until you break it down. Growing up, suburbia, ABBA, lies, adultery, friendship, sex, cancer, marriage, dreams, humor, then suddenly, suicide. In a beat, misfit Muriel's quirky charm breaks away to reveal the solemn realities of everyday. One minute you've got a lung full of ABBA, and in the next, you're standing in the middle of scorched earth.
Australians knows how to do a good screenplay.
The set of characters together with the dark and comic incidents make this a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, forcing you to confront how you view other people.
Everything about this movie seems perfect to me.
I generally cannot stand ABBA, and I still loved this! I want to make comparisons to Welcome to the Dollhouse and Romy and Michelle, but that doesn't begin to sum it up. This was a surprise treat for me :)