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LOVE’S BROTHER

Director: JAN SARDI

AUSTRALIA| 2004. COLOUR. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 102 MIN.


Produced by Dublin’s Australian Film Festival patron Jane Scott, this very likeable romantic comedy marks a confident directorial debut by Jan Sardi, who is best known as the author of Shine. Set in an Italian community in 1950s rural Victoria, Love’s Brother is about siblings Gino (Adam Garcia) and Angelo (Giovanni Ribisi), two very different brothers who are nevertheless devoted to one another. Gino is young, handsome and extrovert. He has a girlfriend and plans to marry, but tradition dictates that he has to wait for the older, withdrawn Angelo to find a partner. Angelo keeps being rejected by prospective brides back in Italy until he cheats by sending a photo of his brother (instead of himself) to the gorgeous Rosetta (Amelia Warner). The ruse works, but complications ensue when Rosetta discovers the truth. Although at heart a very conventional romantic comedy, Sardi’s film wisely concentrates on building sympathy and understanding for its characters so that we end up hoping for a resolution even though it seems there’s no solution to the central dilemma.

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