Ladies in Black (2018), Dir. Bruce Beresford

 Ladies in Black (2018), Dir. Bruce Beresford
You’re a clever girl, it’s the most wonderful thing in all creation you know?
— Miss Cartwright, Ladies in Black (2018)

Stars: Rachael Taylor, Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Ryan Corr, Alison McGirr, Susie Porter, Shane Jacobson, Vincent Pérez, Noni Hazlehurst, Nicholas Hammond, Luke Pegler.
Director: Bruce Beresford
Screenplay: Bruce Beresford & Sue Milliken.

Women supporting women. Men collapsing and then evolving under toxic masculinity. Narrow-mindedness opening slightly to understanding someone different. A movie that takes you on a lovingly positive, graceful, happy journey. A simple joy of a movie that makes you remember that the world can be good if we just let its people learn something new outside their world and have people hold their hands through the transition.

This film is woman first in every description. The majority of characters with Agency are women. The majority of these women are encouraging each other as they embrace their differences and shine a light on their hidden strengths. The dynamics are complex and always supportive. Every woman has her story and stage of life.

I was ready to give up on the men in this film. A father is against his daughter furthering her education. A man only wanted to date a pretty Australian girl. A husband barely pays attention to his wife and disappears without a second thought of telling her where he is going. These men are the typical toxic masculine figures of old. But these men do the unthinkable, they listen to these women and learn to evolve outside of these limiting attributes. Healthy relationships form and we are able to root for these men who learn to cherish the amazing qualities of the women in their lives.

Women supporting women, men evolving beyond toxic masculinity. Good on ya mate!

★ ★ ★ 1/2