LADIES IN BLACK (PG) A beau­ti­ful out­fit cut from the right ma­te­rial Aus­tralia, 109 min

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A sin­cerely sweet bun­dle of nos­tal­gic joy, un­wrapped amidst a lovely, light-drenched and laid-back Sydney of yes­ter­year. It is the sum­mer of 1959, and to while away an ag­o­nis­ing wait for exam re­sults that may get her into univer­sity, 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 im­pe­ri­ous head of the store’s glam­our out­fits sec­tion. Though the movie trades ably on its glo­ri­ous looks — the pe­riod pro­duc­tion de­sign and vin­tage fash­ions are both ex­quis­ite — there is a the­matic sub­stance be­hind all that style which is not to be de­nied. The act­ing en­sem­ble, which in­cludes Rachael Taylor, Susie Porter, Noni Ha­zle­hurst and promis­ing new­comer Ali­son McGirr is flaw­less. In fact, it is hard to re­call a bet­ter­cast Aus­tralian movie in re­cent times. Directed by Bruce Beres­ford from the novel by Madeleine St John.

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