#52FilmsByWomen: THE DRESSMAKER
48/52 THE DRESSMAKER
A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse was a favorite of mine growing up because she was the force behind How to Make An American Quilt and A Thousand Acres. Then, like so many other women directors, she disappeared from cinema. For 18 years. In her case family obligations took priority when two of her four children were diagnosed with Autism. She devoted all of her time to their therapy and growth.
Now she’s back with a wild fairy-tale western starring the luminous Kate Winslet and a performance by Judy Davis that is one of the funniest I’ve ever seen. The film is sort of all over the place–at times a comedy, at times a revenge thriller, at times a dark drama–but it’s thoroughly entertaining and beautiful to look at. There were moments when I couldn’t stop laughing–that’s how funny and audacious (and Australian) the movie is. I’m so happy to see Moorhouse working again. This film is available on VOD.