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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


Love Serenade
Directed by Shirley Barrett
Miramax 08/97 DVD/VHS Feature Film
R -- some sexuality

The truth of John Gray's view that men are from Mars and women are from Venus is played out in the Australian comedy Love Serenade. In the small town of Sunray, Vicki-Ann (Rebecca Frith) works at a beauty parlor and feeds her fantasies with romantic novels. Her younger sister Dimity (Miranda Otto) has never had a relationship with a man. She is a waitress at a Chinese restaurant.

These eccentric sisters both perk up when Ken Sherry (George Shevtsov), a famous DJ from Brisbane, arrives in town to take over the rundown local radio station. Despite the fact that this three-time divorcee worships his independence, the two love-starved women both try to win his heart. Vicki-Ann cooks him a chicken casserole. Dimity reveals how lonely she is and takes off her clothes. Seductive on the radio as he spouts poetry accompanied by his favorite soul music, Ken Sherry is a cad away from the station.

Writer and director Shirley Barrett lances the mythology of romantic love and reveals some of the surprises in the game of sexual politics. This diverting film is both quirky and endearing.


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