109 minutes, Australian Comedy/Drama, PG
In this Australian comedy/drama shot entirely in Adelaide, Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) is a man down on his luck, and just down in general. Recently divorced, he can’t escape regular contact and reminders of ex-wife Wendy (Justine Clarke), as they share the parental duties over their teenage son and Wendy currently happens to be the biggest soap TV star in town. He’s forgotten how to be a Dad to Frank Jr and has no care in the world for his real estate agency employment. But everything in Frank’s life is set to change after receiving a phone call from his Mother, who has been deceased for nearly a year!
A MONTH OF SUNDAYS sees a complete change in tone for writer & director Matthew Saville who started with the critically acclaimed crime drama, NOISE and followed that up with another crime drama from 2013, FELONY. This somewhat patchy, yet easily likeable affair applies its comedic touches within its genre of light drama just nicely. A quiet-achiever of sorts, there is a heavy dependence on the element of chance at play to convince and possibly even satisfy viewers. However, those watching who value the feel of a homegrown production will warmly welcome the grass roots nature harvested in A MONTH OF SUNDAYS. Also working in its favour is the return of LaPaglia to his birthplace. The experienced actor hits all the right notes throughout, helping maintain any wavering attention during slower moments of an over-extended running time.
3 out of 5
PG for mild themes and coarse language. A MONTH OF SUNDAYS is a film that will find more appeal with a grown up audience.
Review by Moviedoc
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