Beautiful Kate

6.61 h 41 min201018+
A writer reawakens his childhood trauma from the past when he returns home, at the request of his estranged sister, to grieve their father's impending death.
Rachel Ward
Ben MendelsohnSophie LoweMaeve Dermody
English [CC]
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Rachel Griffiths
Bryan Brown
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4.1 out of 5 stars

67 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
powerful drama that draws you in
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Powerful little drama. Set up as a kind of play, with a limited cast and sets. Mainly dialogue driven, with flashbacks that slowly unravel the issues that have haunted this family for so many years. The script is well written, and the cast are all excellent, and skillfully directed. This film draws you in as you want to find out more about this traumatic childhood, what people did, and why they did it. Almost hypnotic in its hold over you.
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DetectorReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A tough little film
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very good film, great actors, director rachel ward, and yes sibling incest is a subject. But the really difficult part of the film is the son coming round to taking care of his dying father, then washing the dead body. That was painful. As was the son's problem feeling, getting close and having relationships, which left him stranded in life, and literally stranded in a dusty corner of the Outback. . The actress playing the youngest daughter I recognized, I thought , but then read she is sometimes confused for "Juliette Lewis, to whom she bears a striking resemblance." She's Rachel Griffiths,Australian. I dunno, but i think i must have seen her in something before.
5 people found this helpful
MareReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Confused Kate is what it should be called.
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Having survived a difficult home, it was hard to watch. There are no boundaries in this family. As a society, most of us create boundaries for siblings.

I was younger than my brothers and it wasn't incest. I was raped, sexually assaulted and battered.

The situation in this movie is entirely different than my experience. It is incest.

Can you not understand that isolation, sexual development and no society to guide these children would create this situation? Has no one heard of such things in earlier Appalachian country? Have you gone out of your way to not see that these things have been happening probably since existence of humans?

Society, parents, separate rooms and a natural ewww factor tend to guide us. We have separate rooms for sisters and brothers. If you're smart you'll have separate rooms for all. This helps create a natural boundary. Division of children, especially before sexual development is vital to reinforcing this boundary.

I don't recommend the movie because the subject matter is disturbing.

The actors are fantastic. The Screenplay is elegant. The pace is perfect.
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Sam BellReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Heavy subject matter.
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If you can divorce yourself from your opinion and how you personally feel about the things that are happening in this film then you might appreciate Ben Mendelsohn's great work as Ned taking a rough journey along with all of the great supporting cast. Just my opinion.
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The Tally HoReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Kate Review Without Spoiler - Now Make Me a Vegemite Sandwich
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Beautiful Kate (2009) is an Australian drama film directed by Rachel Ward and also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown, Maeve Dermody and Sophie Lowe. This film depicts the challenges and memories of a disfuntional family in rural Australia that includes such problems as incest. I will not give a spoiler as it is best to be surprised in this movie, but in large it deals with an angry son and upset father who are thrown back together by the fact his father is dying and how they deal with each other from past and current issues. At times this movie may be upsetting but it is worth watching til the end.
6 people found this helpful
deeReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Decent character driven story
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Would have been improved by a little more family background and insight into character motivations. Good actors help keep it interesting. But the reason for Kate's bizarre behavior is barely explored. (Apparently not given much positive adult guidance these kids?) Dad was mean but didn't seem pervy. Oh well, decent flick.
TrainwifeReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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Great acting - interesting plot
An eye on the prizeReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I was only uncomfortably because it involved a very young and beautiful Kate. Sophie Lowe is amazing in this role
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I didn't totally know what to expect with this movie. As the story unfolded, I grew more uncomfortable with how the truth about what happened about 20 year earlier. I was only uncomfortably because it involved a very young and beautiful Kate. Sophie Lowe is amazing in this role. It is so sad what happened with the family.
I am a fan of Sophie so the nudity and interaction was hard to take but it was appropriate to the story. I guess these things really happen. I gave it a 5 for the drama that unfolds and the performance of the actors. Sadly, beautiful Kate.
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