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:: The Goddess Of 1967

This Clara Law film takes us on an outback journey and elves into a multicultural stance to provide a quirky, well-acted adventure. A young Japanese man JM (Rikiya Kurokawa) dreams of owning a 1967 Citroen DS (the Goddess), which he has tracked down via the Internet. The car looks and drives beautifully and JM is desperate to own one.

He finds the vendor dead, and there remains a small child minded by a blind young woman BG (Rose Byrne). They take a long journey into the outback, due to information about the car’s whereabouts, to find the real owner. As this path follows, the film takes us into a series of flashbacks. We see revelations of BG’s mother being a religious nut and a sinister, child-abusing grandfather. These flashbacks stand alone as poignantly brutal scenes. It’s all well blended to explain the chosen paths by these young people, and what chequered histories they’ve endured. They become a unit against a world seemingly against them.

Director Clara Law intersperses this story against the glorious beauty of the car. But it’s the story of BG and JM that is stretched to worthy limits. Besides Rose Byrne’s beauty, her acting skills are shown impressively. In fact, she won the prestigious Best Actress award at the last Venice Film Festival. Kurokawa, a Prada fashion model, is slightly restrictive and not having the natural acting flair, is carried along by Byrne. But he will benefit from this being his first acting role. Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby), as the grandfather, plays a usual effective role.

Clara Law’s informative nature, by virtue of the good use of text, graphics, and other visual effects, shows up well and she is never afraid to experiment. It’s stylistic, moody and gutsy – a credit to the symbolic script by Law and her husband and co-writer Eddie Fong. The viewer should be satisfied with the non-conventional methods and the visual treats. With a mix of disturbing and comical scenes, this road adventure is worth a look.

Screening at the George Cinemas, Rivoli Cinemas, and Cinema Nova