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A single mother, Fran (Noni Hazlehurst) is selflessly devoted to her children. But something is lacking in her life, and that something is the love of a man her own age. Her efforts to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noni Hazlehurst ... Fran
Annie Byron Annie Byron ... Marge
Alan Fletcher ... Jeff
Narelle Simpson Narelle Simpson ... Lisa
Travis Ward Travis Ward ... Tom
Rosie Logie Rosie Logie ... Cynthia
Danny Adcock Danny Adcock ... Ray
Steve Jodrell ... Michael Butlin
Penny Brown Penny Brown ... Sally Aspinal
Faith Clayton Faith Clayton ... Waigani Supervisor
Richard Tulloch Richard Tulloch ... Peter Cook
Colin McEwan Colin McEwan ... Graham Brooks
Rosemary Harrison Rosemary Harrison ... Carol Brooks
Paul Della-Marta Paul Della-Marta ... Tony Simpson
Tina Wundenberg Tina Wundenberg ... Annie Simpson


A single mother, Fran (Noni Hazlehurst) is selflessly devoted to her children. But something is lacking in her life, and that something is the love of a man her own age. Her efforts to juggle a love life with her home life are largely unsuccessful. Written by Sam

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21 November 1985 (Australia) See more »

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The film was originally intended to be made as a tele-movie made for television. The product was sold to Australian TV network Channel 7 but then its tele-film status was changed and the movie was released theatrically. See more »


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Written by Eric McCusker and Paul Christie
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call her irresponsible, but nobody could love her children as much as ...
19 September 2003 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Australian writer/director Glenda Hambly presents the title character, flaws and all, a mother who acts to effectively abandon her children in favor of a romantic life. However what saves Fran from condemnation is the great empathy created by the performance of Noni Hazelhurst. Hazelhurst isn't afraid to present Fran as stupid or ugly or child-like, her desperation highlighted in the scene where she begs her husband not to leave her alone with her children in suburbia. She also makes Fran's anger at the child welfare agency she calls the "Department of Good Intentions" funny, revealing an arrested development based on her own history of being a foster child.

Hambly's sad tale portrays the repetitive nature of abuse, with Fran acting the same way her mother did, and the accusation that her new boyfriend Jeff (Alan Fletcher) having abused Fran's eldest daughter Lisa (Narelle Simpson) aligned with Fran telling us that Jeff's father abused him. In the final image of Lisa, Hambly also suggests that she too will continue the cycle. The treatment stops us from viewing Fran as a tragic victim, since we don't see her trying to work whilst her children are at school, when her pride makes her refuse her to accept government support. The misanthropy of Fran's neighbor, Marg (Annie Byron, also an abandoned mother, doesn't progress into lesbianism, but whilst Marg's assessment of the men in Fran's life is correct, it still reads as a sign of resignation by Marg. Misguided Fran's priorities may be, but the idea that she needs a individual life apart from her children is valid.

The lighting in a fight scene is perhaps too dark to conceal the violence, but later Hazelhurst looks incredibly beautiful in a moment of reaction to Jeff.

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