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Relative Strangers

Australia, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Documentary)

Director: Rosemary Hesp

Simon thought he knew his parents, but family ties aren't always as they appear. This is a haunting and evocative film which unravels the family secrets of one man's childhood. Beneath a splendid array of visual effects, Simon's story unfolds with the tenuous clarity of a childhood dream. Images flicker in the breeze like sheets on a Hills Hoist, as the distant sound of cicadas evokes a parched suburban landscape. "This film is an interpretation of a family situation derived from interviews. It should not be read as a strict documentary, as its length necessitated leaving out much detail and context." - Simon Cooper

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