The Dressmaker made me Smile
Ok so the language isn't 1st grade and there are adult themes but if conversing with your children about the media they consume it has great teachable moments - How was life different in the 1930s and 1950s vs today? Why were "slow" people looked down upon? Why was the lead character and her mother looked down on? Would you or your child do that to anyone today? Why or why not? Just to start.
So the movie itself brings me back to watch it time and again. The daughter returns home after decades away to remember and heal but little did she expect to find her mother in her own downward spiral. Mothers are very adversely affected when their children are taken from them even in the not best of circumstances. The small inward facing judgmental town seethes with hatred of the mother daughter duo but simultaneously needs them. The acting is very good, setting is perfect and the clothing is on point for the time and for the focus of the movie. By the end I was smiling. (SPOILER ALERT) I was happy to see the policeman finally own up to what he had allowed to happen, the father get his just rewards and the main character get a new fresh start. It is unfortunate people were hurt along the way but no more so than the main character in her childhood and the one man who took a chance on her and made her feel alive again. It is essence a redemption story where those who should have been seeking it were too proud and arrogant to see their gross error and the wronged were vindicated. I like this movie and while it is not a PG rating I'd still recommend it, especially if a parent wants to have teachable opportunities, not judgmental ones!