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      Lilian's Story

      1996 1h 34m Drama List
      Reviews 42% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Based very loosely on a true story, this Australian film focuses on Lilian Singer (Ruth Cracknell), a quirky woman who has been released from a mental institution after decades. Accustomed to confinement, Lilian marvels at her newfound freedom and tries to adjust to life in regular society. The movie also looks back at young Lilian (Toni Collette), whose eccentric ways incurred the wrath of her controlling father, John (Barry Otto), prompting him to commit her to the asylum. Read More Read Less

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 22, 2005 Full Review Jeremy Heilman Apollo Guide Rated: 63/100 Dec 1, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      L R Powerful and uncomfortable with a touch of dark humour. The film score is wonderful (Cezary Skubiszewski), weaving in and around the lush and haunting aesthetic of Granville's book. Excellent performances from Cracknell, Otto and Collette. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A perfect movie. Ruth Cracknell performed as usual. Young Toni Collette just started her career but shone as well. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Relatively mundane explanations for what we see sets the tone for the film, which consistently teases us with the prospect of true aberrance, but routinely settles on a more obvious vision of the world. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member While it got better at the end, it was too full of Shakespearean garbage to be of much value to me. A rare weak film choice from Toni Collette. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Based very loosely on a true story, this Australian film focuses on Lilian Singer (Ruth Cracknell), a quirky woman who has been released from a mental institution after decades. Accustomed to confinement, Lilian marvels at her newfound freedom and tries to adjust to life in regular society. The movie also looks back at young Lilian (Toni Collette), whose eccentric ways incurred the wrath of her controlling father, John (Barry Otto), prompting him to commit her to the asylum.
      Director
      Jerzy Domaradzki
      Producer
      Marian Macgowan
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 27, 2000
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.2K
      Runtime
      1h 34m