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Children of the Revolution

Director/Writer: Peter Duncan
Director of Photography:Martin McGrath
Editor:Simon Martin
Music:Nigel Westlake
Production Designer:Roger Ford
Producer:Tristram Miall
Miramax; R; 101 minutes
Cast:Judy Davis, Sam Neill, F. Murray Abraham, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths and Geoffrey Rush

Thank heavens for Rush's Best Actor Oscar. If he hadn't won the award, Children of the Revolution might never have found its way up from down under. This bold, irreverent comedy is an allegory of the unraveling of Communism. At a 1953 Communist Party meeting, devout Stalinist Joan Fraser (Davis) makes her hero swoon. The result: young Joe. Fraser's friend, Welch (Rush), marries her and raises the boy as his own son. But as Joe grows, it's obvious the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Davis's tempestuous zealot is a bravura comic turn, but her character captures the leftist disillusionment that accompanied Communism's demise.

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