Bun­heads

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 7.30pm, Fox 8 What a sur­prise. From the ap­palling ti­tle and the ap­palling pic­ture on the pre­view disc, I think I had con­vinced my­self it would be re­al­ity fluff about hair­dress­ing. It’s ac­tu­ally closer to the mood of Weeds, Hung or Six Feet Un­der with­out the dope, dicks or dead guys. It is the story of former bal­le­rina Michelle Simms (Sut­ton Fos­ter) who winds up a Las Ve­gas show­girl. She gets mar­ried on a whim to Hubbell Flow­ers (Alan Ruck), and they move back to the home he shares with his mother. Michelle mea­sures her spon­ta­neous mar­riage to Hubbell in sec­onds be­cause he promptly dies, tak­ing ev­ery­thing out of his mother’s name and leav­ing it to her. This fur­ther com­pli­cates the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two women, who end up teach­ing to­gether at the mother’s bal­let school. The ti­tle comes from a slang term for bal­leri­nas who put their hair up into a bun while danc­ing. It’s dry, darkly funny and really kind of gor­geous to watch.

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