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

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FLICKS -

A sin­cerely sweet bun­dle of nos­tal­gic joy, un­wrapped amidst a lovely, light-drenched and laid­back 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

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