Starring: Toni Collette, Rebecca Gibney, Lily Sullivan, Liev Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox, Caroline Goodall
Directed by: PJ Hogan
The plot: Politician Barry Moochmore is horrified when his wife Shirley suffers a breakdown and retreats into a fantasy world created around her favourite musical, The Sound Of Music. With five daughters to keep in line, Barry hires ballsy drifter Shaz to oversee day-to-day life in the family home while he prepares his re-election campaign. Shaz initially strikes fear into the hearts of the Moochmore girls but they gradually draw strength and inspiration from her.
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"Packed with fine performances, this attack on suburban conformity is surprising, darkly hilarious and cleverly leaves the insanity judgement to its audience."
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"[It punches] through the humor with moments of wrenching gravity as it challenges the stereotypes of mental illness."