A major question that we all ask ourselves gets an answer in Shine editor Pip Karmel's directorial debut. Look back on your experiences and it is sure to be full of annoying little and not-so-little decisions. There is a great deal of them in fact - buy that car, ask that person out, take that job, leave the house dressed.Even though your decisions could easily be different, they end up defining what you are and how others perceive and judge you. That's probably a little unfair since we also spend time ruing missed chances, lost opportunities and wrong decisions made. You see other people seemingly happy doing something you could have done when instead you are sitting there reading this. It's damn annoying.
Me Myself I answers the What If I Had Done That Instead Of This question. The film doesn't answer it for you of course (that'd just be silly, how could it answer it for you?), but Pamela Drury gets the enviable chance.
Pamela (Griffiths) is an award-winning journalist. She writes about the big issues, has a nice enough flat and has a pleasantly hectic lifestyle. Which of course means that there is little time for a partner even though opportunities do pop up.
One day while crossing the road, a car strikes down Pamela. She's not hurt too badly, a little shaken up - nothing she can't handle. She's in for a much bigger shock though when she looks up at the driver (***Warning: Star Trek style plot twist nonsense***) and sees that it is herself from an alternative time line. Pam A - single - meets Pam B - married to the man that Pam A turned down years earlier.
Yikes, what could happen next? Well, what could happen is that Pam B sneaks off to live Pam A's life leaving the still disoriented Pam A in the lurch to deal with the suburbia netherworld of a husband and three kids.
The time line twist is not explained at all and it's probably just as well. We would have thought it was balderdash and it leaves us to concentrate and how Pam A deals with this life she has been thrust into.
And she deals with it rather amusingly.
This film is a pleasant little comedy that starts off like yet another inner city life movie (like, as if we need more of those) to the less seen life in the Australian family. It is something that is not seen much in film probably because it is a little unexciting, but in this fish-out-of-water story it is engaging as Pam suddenly struggles to deal with the suburban life style. A life style that could have easily been her own, but has no idea to how to deal with once she's dumped right in the middle of it.
What it does do though is show Pam what her life would have been like if she had said yes to Robert Dickson's (David Roberts) proposal that she had turned down.
Despite working with the visually stunning Scot Hicks, Karmel directs this movie in a more of a matter of fact style. Suburbia is not stunning and so she directs accordingly concentrating more on the characters than the visuals.
The story - penned by Karmel - has enough laughs and home truths for you to overlook the absurdity of the premise. It is realism with an unrealistic premise.
Griffiths (the other one from Muriel's Wedding) is admirable as she shifts from bewildered to excited, then disenchanted to content. She handles these transitions effortlessly well and shows us once again just how good an actress she is.The film tells us how we might deal with the decisions we make and how not to necessarily accept the life that fate and our decisions have provided. The film is thoughtful yet also a pleasant, entertaining fare - Me Myself I is about you.