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Bitter & Twisted (2008)




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In the wake of a tragic and untimely death, a suburban family starts the slow slide into disintegration, their deep malaise manifesting itself in a profoundly personal crisis for each grieving member of the once-happy family. It's been three long years since Liam Lombardo died, and time has yet to heal the emotional wounds suffered by his parents and troubled younger brother. When father Jordan drifts into a dangerous cycle of depression and overeating, his boss at the car dealership threatens to lay him off unless he makes a sale quick. Meanwhile, delusional mother Penny is convinced that she has gotten pregnant, and realizes that she has in fact entered into the early stages of menopause. His parents struggling desperately to sort out their own personal issues, son Ben can't quite figure out whether he's gay or straight despite the fixation he has on his late brother's former girlfriend - who lives across the cul-de-sac and has recently entered into a regrettable affair with a married man. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Bitter & Twisted

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Noni Hazelhurst and Steve Rodgers are very good, but there really is only so much moping one can stand.

September 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a film that demands that you slow your own pulse rate and surrender to its melancholy rhythms. As with so many young Australian filmmakers, Weekes isn't interested in having his characters sparkle.

September 19, 2008 | Full Review…

Despite game perfs from a well-known cast, weak scripting and sketchy character development leave too many holes to ultimately convince or compel.

April 29, 2008
Top Critic

A sombre film, Bitter and Twisted is not Friday night entertainment, but rather a poignant look at grief and its ramifications.

July 7, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A much more appropriate title for this snoozefest would be Slow & Pointless.

March 9, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a miracle when an untracked English-language film arrives on the scene -- and a special joy when said movie is smashing.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bitter & Twisted

Very surprised by the negative reviews on this. I actually thought it was a really good little Australian slice of life film. I found a lot of this really rang true, very relatable. It's not exactly a feel good film as it is about a family who have been through a trauma with the death of their adult son. The father is eating himself to death and unhappy at work as a really bad car salesman. The mother is feeling her age and like her life is over. I found her character especially good. Their other son is chasing around the girlfriend of his dead brother, who is meanwhile involved with an older married man - you get the idea! Not a happy group of people. Recommended if you don't need a movie that is all happy and not true to life. Personally I liked this a lot.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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