The Price of Milk

Price of Milk, The - 2000

John Swimmer Productions - 87 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 717119885243, 9781567302707, 065935144595

Cast: Danielle Cormack, Karl Urban, Willa O'Neill, Rangi Motu, Michael Lawrence.
Director of Photography: Leon Narbey; Editor: Cushla Dillon; Costume and Production Designer: Kristy Cameron; Sound Designer: Chris Burt; Producer: Fiona Copland; Writer & Director: Harry Sinclair.

A modern love fable set in rural New Zealand. Beautifully filmed with music by various Russian composers, performed by the Moscow Symphony, which adds to the surreal composition of this unconventional film. Lucinda, worrying about the love between she and Rob, decides to put Rob through a series of tests. When things get out-of-hand (don't they always), Lucinda is determined to correct the mistakes before she loses her one true love. If it seems a bit choppy with some rough edges - it might be due to a very low budget and director Sinclair's preference for having only outline scripts and filling-in as they go. Somehow it seems to work. Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B

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As of June 2009, this appears to be OOP. As a result, new R1 NTSC DVD copies are selling for about $50us.
As of Feb. 2010, Aro Video was offering new pal vhs for $20nz and new R4 dvds for $60nz. Although the film was shot 2.35:1, the dvd is presented 1.8:1, enhanced for 16:9. The audio is 2.0 surround. There is an optional audio commentary track with Harry Sinclair and Danielle Cormack. There are 3.18 minutes of "Outtakes" and a trailer. It is only in English and has no subtitles.

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Film criticism, v.25no.3(spring 2001)
Illusions, no.32(winter 2001)
Listener, v.177no.3171(Feb.17 2000)
Metro, 237(Mar.2001)
New Zealand herald, Feb.24, 2001
North and south, issue 180(Mar.2001)
PSA journal, v.88no.1(Apr.2001)
Sunday star-times, Feb.25, 2001
Waikato times, Mar.22, 2001


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2000 - Best Cinematography - New Zealand Film Awards
2001 - Critics' Award = Fantasporto

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