A Woman's Tale

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A Woman's Tale
Directed by Paul Cox
Produced byWilliam T. Marshall (executive)
Paul Cox
Santhana K. Naidu
Written byPaul Cox
Barry Dickins
Starring Sheila Florance
Gosia Dobrowolska
Norman Kaye
Chris Haywood, Ernie Gray
Music by Paul Grabowsky
CinematographyNino Gaetanno Martinetti
Edited byRussell Hurley
Distributed by Orion Classics
Release date
Canada: 18 December 1991 (1991-12-18) at the Toronto Festival of Festivals
USA: 1 May 1992 (1992-05-01)
Australia: unknown
Running time
93 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
Box officeA $49,584 (Australia)
$405,137 (US)

A Woman's Tale is a 1991 Australian film directed by Paul Cox and starring Sheila Florance, Gosia Dobrowolska, Norman Kaye, Chris Haywood and Ernie Gray.

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Premise

Martha (Florance) is an elderly woman living alone in her flat and dying of cancer. Her love of life leads to an ambivalence about her age; her unique moral code leads to her playing cupid for her friend and nurse Anna (Dobrowolska) and Anna's married lover (Gray); her worrisome son (Haywood) wants her to move into a home; her neighbour Billy (Kaye) has dementia.

Production

Florance herself was dying of cancer as the film was being shot. She died aged 75, nine days after being awarded the 1991 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. [1]

Box office

A Woman's Tale grossed $49,584 at the box office in Australia. [2] The film grossed $405,137 in the United States. [3]

Reception

Roger Ebert added A Woman's Tale to his Great Movies list in 2004. [4]

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  4. https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-a-womans-tale-1992