The Dressmaker (1988)

The Dressmaker (1988)

Released: 1988
Genre: Drama, Genre, Romance
Director: Jim O'Brien
Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Plowright, ,
Run time: 92 min
IMDb: 6.3/10
Country: UK
Views: 31537


In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their seventeen-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.
User Reviews: I know a film is powerful when I find myself talking out loud to the characters. This was the case with The Dressmaker. The four main characters: Rita, Margo, Nellie and Jack, each had an intense character to play and did so with great acting. And, the script itself gave them a great vehicle in which to display their considerable skills.

I found myself thinking about something I was taught when writing a filmscript: a main goal of the script is to produce emotion, both in the characters and in the viewers. This film did so in spades. The plot had enough going in it, including the relationships between the main four, to produce intense feelings. Enough so I was compelled to try and tell them what to do or think or say.

The ending was both unexpected and satisfying in a odd way. Having a satisfying ending was a relief after such tension.

If you want to watch a great drama about both familial relationships and their interactions with world events (WWII) don’t miss this film.

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