My First Wife (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

My First Wife (1984)




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Classical music DJ John Hargreaves neglects his wife Wendy Hughes, who responds by entering into an illicit romance. Upon finding out, Hargreaves leaves Hughes, but doesn't want to tell his parents; they'd never liked Hughes, and he isn't in the mood for a chorus of "I told you so"s. What is already painful for Hargreaves is amplified when his dying father, suspecting that something's wrong, lectures his son on the sanctity of marriage--even a bad one. Director Paul Cox used the Australian My First Wife as a kind of catharsis, to purge himself of ill-will concerning the bust-up of his own marriage. The film won three Australian academy awards, including one for the reluctantly revelatory Cox.


Julia Blake
as Kirstin
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
as Helen's Mother
Betty Lucas
as Helen's mother
Robin Lovejoy
as John's Father
Lucy Uralov
as John's mother
Xenia Groutas
as John's Sister
Ron Falk
as Psychiatrist
Renee Geyer
as Barmaid
Neela Dey
as Migrant Teacher
Rex Callahan
as Radio Station Technician
Jay Mannering
as Policeman
Ian Mumby
as Policeman
Bianca Russell
as Girl with Dog
Megan Garner
as Quartet
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A disturbing film that takes its soap opera material and makes it into a Mozart opera.

March 1, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

John Hargreaves gives a tour de force performance as a man unhinged by the collapse of his marriage.

August 22, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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