Brenda Blethyn is on Little Voice form in this touching, bittersweet Australian comedy. She plays Jean, an ageing stand-up comedienne whose best days are behind her. She’s also a control freak who refuses to accept that her shy son Tim (Khan Chittenden) is at that age where abandoning his mother for girls seems like a sensible option. His new girlfriend, Jill (Emma Booth), ensures there’s much drinking, sarcastic comments and rage in the household.
Blethyn deserves all the plaudits for a performance that demands she be both a battle-axe and endearing enough to make you believe that Tim wouldn’t just walk out the door. The friendly fire aimed at Tim results in quite a bit of collateral damage, and over the course of the film, Jill, her disabled son, ex-husband and neighbour all face the wrath of Jean as she struggles through life’s changes.
Director Cherie Nowlan and writer Keith Thompson create a good balance between comedy and melodrama, ensuring that the movie doesn’t fall into the trap of being over-sentimental.
General release from Fri 21 Sep.