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A Woman's Tale

PG-13 1991 1h 33m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 91% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
This poignant Australian drama focuses on Martha (Sheila Florance), an elderly woman living on her own and dealing with terminal cancer. Despite her age and illness, Martha maintains a vibrant persona, befriending and supporting the people in her life, including her son, Jonathan (Chris Haywood), and her nurse, Anna (Gosia Dobrowolska). The film is particularly moving because Florance was also battling cancer in real life, and died shortly after the movie was released. Read More Read Less

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Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times [A Woman's Tale] does not make [Martha] cute or lovable or pull any of those other tricks we use to deny the realities of old age. It allows her strong opinions and a skeptical irony, and makes her into one of the great characters of recent movies. Rated: 4/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Malcolm Johnson Hartford Courant Yet in the end, A Woman's Tale is the gentlest and most uplifting of films. Jun 4, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's a special film, never maudlin or anything but honest, about facing adversity and doing it with courage and dignity. Rated: A Aug 27, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 2, 2005 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Australian director Paul Cox has made a brave, bold, and life-affirming film about what Cicero called "our play's last act." Jul 12, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member http://filmreviewsnsuch.blogspot.com/2016/07/a-womans-tale.html Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Kudos to the Aussies for making this marvelous film. Apparently, the actress was dying when she made this. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis This poignant Australian drama focuses on Martha (Sheila Florance), an elderly woman living on her own and dealing with terminal cancer. Despite her age and illness, Martha maintains a vibrant persona, befriending and supporting the people in her life, including her son, Jonathan (Chris Haywood), and her nurse, Anna (Gosia Dobrowolska). The film is particularly moving because Florance was also battling cancer in real life, and died shortly after the movie was released.
Director
Paul Cox
Producer
Paul Cox
Screenwriter
Paul Cox, Barry Dickins
Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 33m
Sound Mix
Stereo