Everyone has their own obsession. Kay is superstitious and receives a fortune that she will meet a man who has a question mark on his head. When she meets Lois, she believes he is the love of her life as he fits the description in the fortune. Lois plants a tree in the backyard after they move in together, but Kay disapproves. Anxious and superstitious, she uproots the tree when Lois is asleep and hides it. Kay’s eccentricity is overshadowed by her sister Sweetie’s unwanted visit. Sweetie dreamed of becoming a celebrity with her talents but has accomplished nothing except to grow older and she does whatever she pleases while catching everyone’s eye. She takes a room for herself and mistreats Kay’s belongings. On top of that, their father unexpectedly visits after his wife runs away from home - Kay’s life is a mess.
Jane CAMPION’s feature-length debut in 1989, the story starts with Kay's anxiety and romance but branches out to the sisters' and family's story, examining the roots of the chaos. This film, dedicated to the sisters, does not try hard to explain the intimate and eccentric parts of this family, but simply expresses them. These are either the kind of embarrassing parts that you want to hide from everyone, or a world that means nothing to me – and perhaps that is why there was such a divisive reaction to this film upon its release. It is a film where the debuting director's perseverance and experimentation can be felt. [KIM Sohee]
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Jane CAMPION’s feature debut, Sweetie, premiered in competition at Cannes. The film won the George Seoul Prize in 1989 for Best Foreign Film, the Los Angeles Film Critics' New Generation Award, and the American Spirit of Independence Award for Best Foreign Feature. Another work of hers, An Angel at My Table, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1990 where it won seven prizes, including The Silver Lion. The Piano is another which received the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and nine Academy Award nominations winning three awards. Top of Lake China Girl premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2017.