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Australia 1985
Directed by
Denny Lawrence
93 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
1.5 stars

Emoh Ruo

Emoh Rou is a well-intentioned tapping into a core theme in Australian socier\ty, the pursuit of the dream home ("Emoh Rou", as Uncle Les Tunkley played by Phillip Quast explains is Australian for "Our Home"). Although having a good deal that rings true in principle as its little Aussie battler couple, the Tunkleys (played by Martin Sacks and Joy Smithers), pull out all stops to get out of their caravan park digs and into their dream home, this satire of sorts is made on what appears to be a grossly inadequate budget and with a conspicuous absence of skill in every department.

The script, by first-timers, Paul Leadon and David Poltorak, is reminiscent of a cheap 80s sitcom whilst director Lawrence, whose work before and after this has been largely in television, fails to create any sense of credibility with such a slapdash production. Although starting off well enough and with the occasional amusing line buried in the banal delivery, the material gradually deteriorates into a series of more-or-more-often-less successful gags that milk the beer-and-barbies cultural stereotypes of the period. Visually the film, despite being lensed by Andrew Lesnie, does not overcome the bargain basement production design. Even lovers of 80s Downunder kitsch, and there's plenty of it here, will have trouble sitting through this.

Available from: Village Roadshow




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