Saving Grace DVD

Saving Grace - 1997

Kahukura Productions - 88 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9418212010440

Cast: Kirsty Hamilton, Jim Moriarty, Tina Cleary, Denise O'Connell.
Screenplay: Duncan Sarkies; Photography: Sean O'Donnell; Prostethic Effects: Richard Taylor, Michael Asquith; Editor: Michael Horton; Original music composed by: Plan 9; Sound Designer: Tim Prebble; Producer: Larry Parr; Director: Costa Botes.

Basically a story of two disturbed people - one an antisocial 19 year-old street kid, Grace, and the other a middle aged carpenter, Gerald, who believes he is Jesus Christ incarnate. Gerald offers to share his flat with Grace which results in sexual and ultimately violent events. This first solo feature by Botes, from a play by Sarkies, seems to be somewhat flat and misdirected. Hopefully Botes will do better next time.

Censor Rating: R16 -- Review Rating: C-

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Used NTSC VHS have been seen at ebay, coming from Canadian sources, for about $15us.

July 2010 - A bare-bones R0 PAL DVD is available from NZ sources, selling for under $15nz. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format with dolby digital 2.0 English soundtrack. There are no subtitles or extras.

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Bulletin, v.118no.6246(Oct.17 2000)
Entertainment weekly, no.554(Aug.11 2000)
Listener, v.175no.3152(Oct.7 2000)
New musical express, 20 May, 2000
New Zealand herald, Sept.30, 2000
New Zealand political review, v.9no.3(Oct/Nov.2000)
North and south, no.149(Aug.1998)
Sight and sound, v.10, issue 6(June 2000)
Sunday star-times, Oct.1, 2000
Waikato times, Oct.17, 2000

"To make this curious material work onscreen, director Costa Bodes [sic] should have taken a much bolder approach. He could have gone for fierce, dark comedy or sharp, Brunuellian satire. But he shows no interest in giving a cinematic twist to this off-the-wall material, and the result is an uneven, stagy film with no particular point of view. In the technical departments, pic is modest but adequate, though some of the prosthetic effects - for example, when Grace gashes her arm in a suicide attempt - look phony" - (David Stratton,Variety, [unsourced 1998])


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