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289 Ratings

The Dressmaker

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
Australia, 2015


A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

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The Dressmaker Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse

Awards & Festivals

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2016 | Nominee: British/Irish Actress of the Year

Mill Valley Film Festival

2015 | 2nd place: Mind the Gap

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Actress - Supporting Role

2016 | 8 nominations including: Best Actress - Supporting Role

AACTA International Awards

2016 | 5 wins including: Best Lead Actress

2016 | 9 nominations including: Best Film

It outstays its eccentric welcome and develops supplementary narrative tendrils at the very point where most viewers – discerning or otherwise – will be putting on their hat and coat, readying themselves to shuffle out the cinema to get on with the remainder of their no doubt busy day. But at that point where, for all intent and purpose, the central plotline has been wrapped up and, more-or-less, everyone has received their ample just deserts, the film carries on.
November 19, 2015
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Shaken into a giddy cocktail of genres (black comedy, romance, melodrama, tragedy and murder mystery, with a western garnish), it’s a hot mess of a film, albeit one with an enjoyably high-and-handsome style to it, drawing both on Moorhouse’s female-centric How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and on the sharp tragicomedy of Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding (1994).
October 30, 2015
Set in 1951 and always looking the period part, The Dressmaker provides many a ravishing sight — including Tilly’s football match-stopping appearance in a figure-hugging, eye-catching red dress — with the intricate work of costume designers Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson clearly pivotal. And yet, the narrative is as engaging as the custom-built, dust-laced setting
September 15, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    Cannes 2016 (Antipodes Selection). 3rd film viewed. Interminable & improbable Australian melo with Kate WINSLET. Big strings, indigent & indigestible scenario. ===== Festival de Cannes 2016 (Sélection des Antipodes). Interminable et invraisemblable mélostralien. Grosses ficelles indigestes et scénario indigent. Kate WINSLET arrive à faire passer le plat.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    Beautifully shot new western satire that sees Winslet in top form as the well-heeled, estranged local returning home and Weaving at his mischeivous best as a fetishist local cop. The drama falls flat in the middle however and plays unnecessarily heavy at odds against the beautifully set up satire. 3.5 stars

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    This movie was beyond weird, and not necessarily in a good way. It riffs on the western genre paired with dashes of screwball comedy and noirish flavours. Somwhere in there is a romantic drama as well. It is quite difficult to reconcile all theser parts and the director does not succeed in that task. However, the movie is enjoyable, despite its´splintered identity, and offers inspired turns by Davis and Winslet.

  • Thomas's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    This film is a patchwork of genres and tropes making it an enjoyable and interesting farcical drama. Its many elements, be it comedy, soap-opera, pastiche, somehow seem to come together and work. The narrative pace slumps at times but the whole thing is beautifully filmed and the costumes, surreally out of place, are a visual delight.

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    A film that feels like a mix of different genres including at least western, romantic comedy, thriller/horror, adult drama, slapstick and what not. You see that they’ve tried to squeeze a 300 page novel into two hours: the script rushes from one turn into another and doesn’t concentrate on anything. Nevertheless an entertaining and at times surprisingly bold flick of a town in dress frenzy. And nice dresses they are.

  • come-in-alone's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    This film doesn't work on so many levels... Too bizarre and grotesque for my taste. Despite the always fantastic Kate Winslet and some potential, the story isn't much credible nor convincing.

  • Daniel Iván's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    Photography on this film is at the center. The mise en scène is beautiful and uncanny. The general rhythm reminded me of certain parts of the Coen's or Anderson's work, but in a subtle, personal way. Needless to say Judy Davis just lifted the whole to a new level of intelligence and power. Fantastic cast, cinematography and, did I mentioned photography? A truly remarkable movie.

  • patchwork's rating of the film The Dressmaker

    la Winslet non riesce a salvare un film profondamente sbagliato, che non sa mai (per rimanere nell'ambito dell'abbigliamento) in che scarpe mettere i piedi, passando da una satira (il cui riferimento sembra essere Dogville) mai realmente corrosiva e divertente, alla ricerca del compiacimento del pubblico con banali mezzucci

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