Palm Beach (2019)

dir. Rachel Ward. A group of old friends gather to celebrate a birthday, set in a very wealthy part of Sydney, the idyllic suburb of Palm Beach. The location is certainly stunning, but I found the film unsatisfying, and often dull. The story is a slickly presented soap opera, with a complex web of partners, ex-partners, adopted children, squabbles about money, and hidden health issues. Some of the friend group is also extremely wealthy, and the series of closeups on bottles of Dom Pérignon gets tiresome. It does make me miss the northern beaches of Sydney, which are beautiful.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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