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My Brilliant Career

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Sybylla (Judy Davis), a headstrong, free-spirited girl growing up in late 19th century Australia, dreams of becoming a famous writer. When the man she loves proposes, Sybylla must choose between romance an the brilliant career she craves.
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EmanuelLevy.Com
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February 10, 2013

This charming coming of age Australian film marks the debuts of two talented women: Director Gillian Armstrong and actress Judy Davis.
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Variety
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July 25, 2008

This Australian film is a charming look at 19th-century rural days in general and the stirrings of self-realization and feminine liberation in the persona of a headstrong young girl who wants to go her own way.
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Radio Times
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September 09, 2014

Armstrong's subsequent sojourn in Hollywood never yielded a film as engaging and passionately felt as this, her brilliant feature debut.
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Urban Cinefile
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November 24, 2007

A seminal part of Australian cinema, made at the end of the 70s, when local filmmaking was no longer just a wild dream; in some ways we can see a symbolic metaphor for Australia itself in the story of strong willed Sybylla aspiring to be heard
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People Magazine
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September 09, 2014

The continent is distant, the backdrop strange but, as American women will deduce, the problems are very familiar.
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TIME Magazine
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September 09, 2014

This is a modest, clear sighted film, and it profits considerably from a lack of the bravura landscape photography that most directors would have used to puff up a movie set in Australia.
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Time Out

June 24, 2006

The period atmosphere is evoked with careful delicacy, but the characters rarely become more than stereotypes with performances (Judy Davis excepted) to match.
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TV Guide
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September 09, 2014

The mise-en-scene is well composed, and the story is well told in this wonderful Australian work.
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Filmcritic.com
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June 23, 2005

Davis is charmingly cynical in the film, and Neill's a winner, but ultimately this period piece gets so caught up in its own cleverness and wannabe shock that it comes off as trite.
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Chicago Reader
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January 01, 2000

The action and sentiments are familiar to the point of cliche, and there isn't much life in Gillian Armstrong's academic direction.
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Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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July 25, 2007

A remarkably assured -- and unfailingly attractive looking -- look at the life of a young woman in 1897 Australia.
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New York Times

May 09, 2005

My Brilliant Career marks the beginning of exactly that for both the film's daring, assured, high-spirited Australian director, Gillian Armstrong, and its rambunctious young star.
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