BLESSED Movie Pictures
Check out pictures from BLESSED starring Frances O’Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, Victoria Haralabidou, Sophie Lowe, and directed by Ana Kokkinos.
Blessed is part of the Contemporary World Cinema lineup at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Public Screenings at TIFF:
Sunday September 13 – 08:30PM – SCOTIABANK THEATRE 4
Wednesday September 16 – 03:30PM – SCOTIABANK THEATRE 2
Friday September 18 – 04:00PM – SCOTIABANK THEATRE 3
Blessed Synopsis: Set in a working-class suburb of Melbourne over the course of one day and one night, the film introduces us to seven different children, none of whom live in circumstances that make it worthwhile to stay home. Each has a personal odyssey, with problems that need solving and messes that need cleaning up, and none of them can, at first, really articulate what they need and what they want. But they search for it anyway. When dawn breaks at the end of the night, we experience the same twenty-four hours from the point of view of the children’s mothers. We learn so much more about these women than we could see when looking only through the eyes of their offspring. The mothers are hostages to their unspoken love for their children, and their powerlessness against it is achingly familiar to any parent. Toward the middle of the film, one of the mothers encounters one of the children, not her own, in a highly charged situation. Sensing his need, she quietly remarks, “Your mother loves you.” “No, she doesn’t,” he replies, to which she responds, “Yes, she does – there’s nothing she can do about it.”