Mental

Mental
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Mental
Australia, 2012, 116 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA
North American Premiere
Topic: Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English

Re-teaming with fellow Aussie P.J. Hogan for the first time since Muriel’s Wedding (1994), Toni Collette scorches the screen with her luminescent performance as Shaz, a hothead hired by a wayward father (Anthony LaPaglia) to care for his five daughters. She soon learns that the daughters — whose mother has been committed to a psychiatric institution — are in need of some radical help of their own. So, aided by Hogan’s scathingly dark comedic take on Australian propriety, the raging nonconformist proceeds to upend the bourgeois conformity of their starchy suburb in as outrageous a manner as possible…

“From the moment Collette’s knife-wielding hippie hitchhiker arrives to play nanny… this disarmingly cuckoo Australian production finds its focus, punching through the humor with moments of wrenching gravity as it challenges the stereotypes of mental illness… Collette cranks the kook up to 11 as the nutty and inspiring Shaz, fashioning herself as ‘the avenging angel of the perpetually humiliated’ and leading [the sisters] from town jokes toward self-esteem and happiness.” — Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter

Producers Janet Zucker and Jerry Zucker expected to attend January 5 screening

DIRECTOR: P.J. Hogan
Producer: Todd Fellman, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Janet Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Editor: Jill Bilcock
Screenwriter: P.J. Hogan
Cinematographer: Donald McAlpine
Music: Michael Yezerski
Principal Cast: Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Kerry Fox, Caroline Goodall
Filmography: Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Peter Pan (2003), Unconditional Love (2002), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Print Source: Arclight Films - www.arclightfilms.com


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