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Australia (1989)

Australia is about Edouard Pierson, a Belgian-born wool dealer who emigrated to Australia after World War Two. The movie actual takes place in Belgium as he returns to his homeland to ... See full summary »


Jean Gruault (scenario and dialogue), Jacques Audiard (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Jeanne Gauthier
Jeremy Irons ... Edouard Pierson
Tchéky Karyo ... Julien Pierson
Agnès Soral ... Agnès Deckers
Hélène Surgère ... Odette Pierson
Maxime Laloux Maxime Laloux ... François Gauthier
Patrick Bauchau ... André Gauthier
Danielle Lyttleton Danielle Lyttleton ... Saturday Pierson
Dorothy Alison ... Doreen Swanson
Bob Bradley Bob Bradley ... Peter Swanson
Peter Douglas Peter Douglas ... Hasburn
Michel Andres Michel Andres ... Membre club aviation
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... Mr. Frazer
Simone Barry Simone Barry ... Madame Dumoulin
Noël Baye Noël Baye ... Tony


Australia is about Edouard Pierson, a Belgian-born wool dealer who emigrated to Australia after World War Two. The movie actual takes place in Belgium as he returns to his homeland to assist his family with their wool business. Edouard was left a single father after his girlfriend died and when he goes to Belgium he leaves behind this young girl, whom his family don't know about. He meets a beautiful woman, Jeanne, another single parent, and an intense relationship develops. Edouard's relationship with his family has its ups and downs and many secrets are revealed before the movie's conclusion ties everything together. Written by Lloyd Harris <floyd@idirect.com>

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Two souls forgotten by love, united by passion...




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Belgian Walkabout
6 August 2006 | by japipeSee all my reviews

Beguiling. Enchanting. Disquieting.

How can this film be best expressed? Certainly one for the Europhiles. A mix of French existentialist passion and a confused, complex east European feel add to its allurement.

How a film can so loosely, and yet successfully, hold together activities in the present, the past, Australia, Belgium, London, Bradford and Indonesia is mystifying.

It is certainly not a film to be understood in one sitting.

A first viewing is just an invitation to go deeper. A second and third viewing starts to draw out the cinematic metaphors.

The grading, purchasing, teasing and cleansing of wool and its parallels with the stages and issues of the principal characters' life experiences and relationships is subtle, if not initially tenuous.

By a fourth or fifth viewing the imagination is likely to be open to understand and build upon the film's light under currents and the key issues and challenges faced by each character.

However, just like gliders going around in circles seeking the thermals to rise higher, so too are the characters realising that they too are trapped in respective professional, relational and emotional impasses, and that they need to look for guidance to navigate a safe landing.

Everyone needs time to reflect, and yet that one commodity is in short supply for all concerned.

For each character help to confront their hurts and take steps towards a healing arrives, sometimes in unlikely forms - always out of the blue.


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13 September 1989 (France) See more »

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Sehnsucht nach Australien See more »

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South Australia, Australia See more »

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