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TOPLESS WOMEN TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES

New Zealand, 1997 (MIFF 1997, Regional)

Director: Harry Sinclair

There's every likihood that this shot-on-a-shoestring first feature will be seen as a trans-Tasman version of Love and Other Catastropes. Precursors can probably be found at least one generation earlier, in John Sayles' Return of the Secaucus Seven and Alan Tanner's Jonah... Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000. Whilst it doesn't share those films' political aspirations, the greatly misued notion of improvisation can be said to have a genuine claim here.

Harry Sinclair's film follows the misadventures of a group of urban New Zealanders in their 20s. The character around whom the chaotic action falls is Liz who is dismayed at her impeding and accidental pregnancy. There's a feckless boyfriend, an amorous suitor who knows that Liz won't return the affection (at least, not in the way he would like it to be), a best friend who wouldn't mind swapping positions with Liz, and a pompous filmmaker about to thrust his eponymous documentary on the unsuspecting locals.

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