"A romantic comedy, as only Australian's can make them."
Love Serenade is one of the strangest romantic comedies you are ever likely to see. No, wait. It is one of the strangest films you are ever likely to see. And although the ending is quite confusing, it is the sign of a good film when you still finish the film breathtaken.Miranda Otto and Rebecca Frith are sisters living in a small town in outback Australia.
Otto plays the naive, slightly dippy sister, while Frith plays the supposedly more headstrong and intelligent older sister (who is actually as dippy as the younger sister).
When a big-time DJ (Shevstov) arrives in their town to work at the local radio station, the two sisters are immediately entranced. They start an endless bid to vie for the affections of the charismatic DJ, but he isn't quite what he seems. In fact, the two sisters - and the audience - are in for a big surprise.
What do I mean? Well, let's just say that there is something very fishy going on in the town. We'll leave it at that.
Love Serenade shouldn't work. As a Hollywood film, you would write it off as a straight-to-video, wouldn't-watch-it-if-you-paid-me dud. However, it works so well that I would have to describe it as a near masterpiece. The primary reason for this is it's country of origin. As a non-Hollywood film, it is much easier to accept the plot twists that come from way past left-field to surprise, but not put-off the audience. It is far easier to watch a film like this, knowing it is a typically "quirky" (in a good sense) Aussie effort rather than pretentious American arthouse crap.
Each performance is absolutely flawless, and the moody feel of the film (complete with dimly lit cafes and Barry White's soulful, haunting music) makes it an absolute must-see winner at Cannes.And shame on the Australian Film Industry for note nominating this for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In a Shine-free year, this would have cleaned up.