A MONTH OF SUNDAYS
Director: Matthew Saville Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, John Clarke, Justine Clarke Verdict: Feelings a last bid for a man of auction
A QUIET, tender-hearted and gently eccentric affair takes its own sweet time finding a way into your good graces. However, once there, it won’t be budged.
It all comes down to your personal take on Frank (Anthony LaPaglia), an ornery, yet sensitive chap who really shouldn’t be working in real estate.
After a recent divorce and his mother’s death, feeling so much truth with no one to say it to is driving Frank to frustration. Just in a nick of time, an elderly woman named Sarah (Julia Blake) appears, ready to listen, and careful not to judge.
A magnificent, effortlessly graceful performance from Blake snaps the film and its leading man into proper focus just when both seem primed to drift off on a foggy-minded flight of fancy. Plenty of well-earned emotional points are racked up by film’s end, along with some sincerely unforced laughs. A brave change of style for one of this country’s best filmmakers, writer-director Matt Saville (Noise, Felony). Co-stars John Clarke.