‘The Dressmaker’ review: Kate Winslet is your new wacky, awesome aunt
If The Dressmaker is good for nothing else, it will mark the moment that Kate Winslet began her transformation into our wacky, awesome aunt.
This strange but not-very-successful film, based on a popular Australian novel, is a rare example of how sometimes a movie can still be enjoyable even when it is bad. Winslet’s Tilly Dunnage is the prodigal daughter returning to a 1950s fictional, middle-of-nowhere berg loaded with quirky characters (think 90s TV show Northern Exposure but with sand instead of snow.)
She’s come back to see her ailing mother, Mad Molly (Judy Davis), a crazy old bat who lives on a hill overlooking the town. Tilly hasn’t been home since she was “sent away” as a young girl, accused of committing a murder of which she has no recollection. Read more…