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Bliss (1985)




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This critically acclaimed surrealistic comedy won the Australian Academy Award for the "Best Film" of 1985. Advertising executive Harry Joy (Barry Otto) suffers a heart attack and has a near-death experience that changes his outlook on life. His miraculous return convinces him that there is a heaven but that his life on Earth is hell. His wife Bettina (Lynette Curran) has her worst fears realized when she develops brain cancer from gasoline fumes. His son David deals cocaine and receives sexual favors from his drug-addicted sister Lucy (Gia Carides). Harry finds love with a kind-hearted prostitute (Helen Jones) who kills a top oil-company executive, and then herself, with Molotov cocktails. Shocking scenes include cockroaches bursting from Harry's stitches after his open-heart surgery, and fish dropping from in between a woman's legs onto a restaurant floor. This bizarre and often slow-moving film lampoons the luridness of the human condition.


Barry Otto
as Harry Joy
Lynette Curran
as Bettina Joy
Helen Jones
as Honey Barbara
Miles Buchanan
as David Joy
Gia Carides
as Lucy Joy
Tim Robertson
as Alex Duval
Paul Chubb
as Mr. Des
Bryan Marshall
as Adrian Clunes
Nique Needles
as Ken McLaren
Kerry Walker
as Alice Dalton
George Whaley
as Harry's Father
John Doyle
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Bliss

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A droll, dry and mordantly amusing comedy-drama that exists in a Twilight Zone-esque world impossible to gauge or define.

July 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Bliss left me in unmitigated bliss.

April 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Viciously funny, scathing in its satire and damning in its inescapable truths...offering one of the most tender and moving climaxes I've ever seen.

June 16, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A stunning tale of alienation, madness and redemption.

June 20, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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