Ladies in Black Reviews
This is a simple story from 1959 Sydney, featuring appropriate period settings and costumes. It flows along without having any real substance to it, and while ultimately forgettable, it is a pleasant movie to watch.
The young ingenue Lisa is the main character, or plot device - this is a coming of age story about both Australia in the 1950s as 'Wog' food is making its tentative way into Australian society, and the young ingenue Lisa is positively influenced by a Wog mentor, brought to the bosom of immigrant Hungarians/ Easgtern Europeans struggling with the uncouth Australian ugliness. Not to mention that these Wogs have found the most beautiful places of Sydney to live in as compensation (Mosman etc). Through them, Lisa is explosed to the intellectual life of literature, music - a littany of cliches about high culture. The concept is bluntly but aptly put.
Australian acting Golds Noni Hazelhurst, Shane Plumber and Susy Porter are dumbed down to play second fiddle to a mostly mute but radiantly gorgeous young Lisa. It's a shame the whole lot was airbrushed in a most glib fashion, to merely observe set pieces rather than delve into anything of very much depth.
All in all this film was OK
It's a film where not much actually happens but what a joyous ride it's takes you on none the less. In an era that changed Australia forever, it was so interesting to see what our cultural identity was and what it is to become and why.
So do yourself a favour!