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 PĂ©rignon gets tiresome. It does make me miss the northern beaches of Sydney, which are beautiful.