LADIES IN BLACK (PG)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE MOVIES -

A BEAU­TI­FUL OUT­FIT CUT FROM THE RIGHT MA­TE­RIAL, AUS­TRALIA, 109 MIN A sin­cerely sweet bun­dle of nos­tal­gic joy, un­wrapped amid a laid-back Syd­ney of yes­ter­year. It is 1959, and a bright teenager lands a po­si­tion as a sales as­sis­tant at the city’s finest depart­ment store. While learn­ing a lit­tle about style, com­merce and cus­tomer ser­vice dur­ing work­ing hours, Lisa (a lu­mi­nous An­gourie Rice) learns a lot about life af­ter hours from Magda (Ju­lia Or­mond), the head of the store’s glam­our out­fits sec­tion. Though the movie trades ably on its glo­ri­ous looks, there is a the­matic sub­stance be­hind all that style that is not to be de­nied.

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