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Ellen Burstyn as Alice tenderly touching a man's face outside a cafe.
Alice Doesnt' Live Here Anymore

Film

Presented in association with the Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

M
Medium level violence

28 May - 5 Jun

The contrast between this film and Mean Streets could hardly be greater - from the asphalt jungle of New York to rural America and from a story about men to a story about a woman.  This is on the surface one of the director’s less personal films, but from the opening sequence, with 35-year-old Alice daydreaming of happiness ‘over the rainbow’, both cinematic and personal references appear.

Tickets: Full $17. Concession $13. Member $10.
  • Real life in New Mexico doesn’t live up to Alice’s expectations, and when her husband unexpectedly dies she sets out with her 11-year-old son for her childhood home in Monterey, along the way encountering Harvey Keitel as a philandering charmer, Jodie Foster as a precocious little girl, Diane Ladd as a foul-mouthed waitress and Kris Kristofferson as a divorced farmer.

    With Ellen Burstyn in her Oscar-winning performance as Alice to guide our way, the film is revealed as a Sirk-like romantic melodrama, a many-layered exploration of the life of a woman whose search for love and companionship takes her, and us, to some unexpected destinations.