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894 Ratings


Directed by Jane Campion
Australia, New Zealand, 1989


Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature, Sweetie, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, “Sweetie.”

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Sweetie Directed by Jane Campion
It might not be Campion’s best film, or even her most experimental (IN THE CUT is the frontrunner for that distinction), but it could be her most mysterious in execution as well as intent.
September 02, 2016
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Campion lends a tremendous amount of empathy to both Sweetie and Kay. Sweetie’s presence has a domineering presence on the action and direction of the film, but Campion’s aesthetic holds true to Kay’s point of view… Through Kay’s eyes, Sweetie takes on a monstrous quality, but she’s always injected with a sense of wonderment.
June 09, 2016
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More than two decades since its Cannes premiere launched the New Zealand-born, Australian-based Campion onto the world stage, “Sweetie” has lost little of its mysterious charm and transgressive power. A family portrait that keeps shifting its center of gravity, a tragicomedy that doesn’t settle for easy laughter or tears, it can be a hard film to get a fix on — a testament to how skillfully Campion thwarts viewer expectations.
April 17, 2011
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