With a lesbian mother and a gay son, he still smiles and says, "life without women would be like a barbecue without beer."

THE SUM OF US

A Illusion review by Joan Ellis.


"The Sum of Us" is an eccentric example of the Australian love of diving into the cultural conflicts of a given moment. This time they proclaim that if love is strong, sexual preferences are irrelevant. It's a lovely idea whose time has not yet come, but credit the Australians with positive thinking.

Gran has spent 40 years in a committed lesbian friendship with Mary, with plenty of love left over for her son, Harry, and her grandson, Jeff. Jeff grows up to be gay, Harry continues to love women, and father and son both search for mates who will bring them the happiness they once knew in a family full of unconventional love. It doesn't come easily.

Dad finds Joyce at "Desiree's Introduction Agency," while Jeff finds Greg at the pub. For Harry, "love is the greatest adventure of all," and it doesn't matter a whit to him what form it takes. With a lesbian mother and a gay son, he still smiles and says, "Life without women would be like a barbecue without beer." Reflecting on the chemistry of his family, Harry comments, "Our children are the sum of us." It's a very nice piece of wisdom, which reminds us that to judge them is to judge ourselves.


Film Critic : JOAN ELLIS
Word Count : 208
Studio : Southern Star
Rating : NR


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