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Little Bit of Soul, A
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by Natasha Theobald

"Too determined to be zany and madcap for my taste."
2 stars

This movie takes off at a break-neck pace before making sure the audience is securely buckled in. The plot twists and turns in fits and starts with little purpose. For such a short movie, a lot of time is covered, as well as a lot of story. Unfortunately, I grew tired of the relentlessness fairly early and just watched the rest waiting for an ending.

Richard Shorkinghorn has been doing scientific research with chickens, trying to find a cure for the disease which causes children to age rapidly. He must be fairly naive, because it doesn't seem to occur to him that people may be interested in this potential "fountain of youth" for uses beyond curing the kids. He applies for grant consideration and finds himself at the estate of a wealthy, would-be investor and her politician husband. He is greatly surprised to find that his former lover and research partner, Kate Haslett, also will be spending the weekend vying for funds. Although she is recently engaged, she spends her time trying to attract the attention, amorous and otherwise, of all who have gathered.

The straight-laced Shorkinghorn is alternately outraged and entranced by the goings-on, which only become more bizarre as the weekend wears on. The early, sun-dappled fun and games turn dark and, perhaps, sinister. As it becomes increasingly obvious that the hosts and the guests have more divergent than common interests, Kate is drawn to Richard's familiarity and normalcy. They choose to navigate these uncharted waters together and find their way back to one another in the process.

The film is not nearly as devilishly shocking as it wants to be. The good news is that writer-director Peter Duncan never really wavers from his chosen tone, so if it appeals to you, you will enjoy the whole movie. As it didn't really appeal to me, I was left to suss out small moments of well-acted wit to make the cost of my time seem more worthwhile.

I rented the movie to see Geoffrey Rush, and he had some very funny moments. The more I see him, the more I appreciate and want to see him, even if it means wading through whole movies to catch his few appearances. While the other characters tended to be sort of obvious and somewhat irritating, Rush makes a truly original character burst vividly through the nonsense. His acting is marked with a droll delivery and an overt intelligence that make him fascinating to watch.

As a fan of many "quirky" films, I understand that they are not for everyone. This one, in particular, was not for me. A few chuckles in a couple of hours just isn't enough to keep me interested.

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1/16/05 Gazza A little bit of shite. 1 stars
4/08/03 Mystique Rush makes this movie WORTH A LOOK 4 stars
8/25/02 K-ronik Just a mess. 2 stars
12/04/01 Andrew Carden You Just Can't Trust A Comedy That Deals With Polictics. 1 stars
10/13/99 MoroccoMole Made me laugh throughout; I enjoyed the twists. 4 stars
7/16/99 BenIBM Geoffrey Rush is hilarious! Peter Duncan is fast becoming one of the best Aussie directors 3 stars
5/07/99 Diptherio I don't think I will ever be clean again 1 stars
9/22/98 {{{OZ}}} Geoffrey Rush will never be worse. Nothing to see here. Awful post-Oscar capitalisation. 1 stars
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