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Lallie

Australia, 1993 (MIFF 1994, Documentary)

Director: Melanie Coombs

"Lallie is a film about my grandmother, Lallie Coombs. Her stories about her life were always deemed inaccurate by the rest of the family. I remember my father saying, 'Mother, You never let the truth get in the way of a good story'. He still says that." A rare film in the now popular genre of family album tributes, it quickly grabs our interest and sustains it to the end. Adventurously the camera lingers on evocative and carefully chosen objects, (a hair brush, a tea-cosy) as well as long references to Lallie's age-worn hands in 'experimental' close-up sequences. The very personal and revealing narration by the filmmaker and her subject underscores the meticulously selected images.

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