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High Tide

Director: Gillian Armstrong Run Time: 104 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 1987

Starring: Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Karvan, Colin Friels, John Clayton, Frankie J. Holden

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When Lilli, a back-up singer for an Elvis impersonator, finds herself stranded on the coast of New South Wales, she is enchanted by a young woman who seems equally drawn to her. Soon she realizes it is her very own daughter who she left behind with her mother-in-law after her husband died over a decade before. Curious about the girl but addicted to her untethered lifestyle, Lilli lingers and spies, not knowing if she has much to give. Directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring the inimitable Judy Davis who collaborated years earlier with My Brilliant Career, High Tide is hard to categorize, with a kind of ache and nuance of a female character still rarely portrayed.