Two Friends

Friday, December 17 - Sunday, December 19, 2010

Playing with Campion’s rare short “Mishaps of Seduction and Conquest” (15 min.)!

TWO FRIENDS, the first feature film by Academy Award® winner Jane Campion (Sweetie, An Angel at My Table and The Piano). When Two Friends was shown at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival along with her three shorts, the film world heralded the brave new feminist voice of the extraordinary New Zealand director.

TWO FRIENDS was written by renowned Australian novelist Helen Garner and the film’s screenplay is articulate, assured and enthralling. The film begins in the present, when teenage girlfriends, Louise and Kelly, once inseparable, have already grown apart. Louise is in high school, gets good grades, and has a typical love-hate relationship with her divorced mother. Kelly, in bleached hair and punk gear, lives with friends at the beach and is experimenting with drugs and casual relationships. TWO FRIENDS then moves backwards in time over the past year in the girls’ friendship. In five episodes, the film reveals the subtle changes that sent the two on their different paths. With the humor, fierce honesty and passionate sense of humanity that are the hallmarks of Campion’s best work, she tells a story of missed opportunities and minor traumas that take on profound new meaning with the passage of time. – Milestone Films

  • Country Australia
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1986
  • Running Time 76 minutes
  • Director Jane Campion

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