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The Price of Milk
The Price of Milk
Actors: Danielle Cormack, Karl Urban, Willa O'Neill, Michael Lawrence, Rangi Motu
Director: Harry Sinclair
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2002     1hr 27min

This lovely and utterly unique film is truly a cinematic fairy tale, with not only the sweetness of fairy tales but their strange and malicious side as well. Lucinda (Danielle Cormack, Topless Women Talk About Their Live...  more »


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Actors: Danielle Cormack, Karl Urban, Willa O'Neill, Michael Lawrence, Rangi Motu
Director: Harry Sinclair
Creators: Leon Narbey, Harry Sinclair, Cushla Dillon, Fiona Copland, Juliette Veber, Tim Sanders
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: New Yorker Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 11/19/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A charming fairy tale
J. Remington | Adams, Oregon USA | 01/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Price Of Milk", a charming, quirky modern day fairy tale for adults set in the beautiful green rolling hills of rural North Island New Zealand, teaches the age old lesson (in a easy going, pleasant way) that sacrifice holds the key to love.Shot in a magic realistic style that is somewhat reminiscent of "Like Water For Chocolate" and some of Brunel's more lyrical works, "The Price Of Milk" is a fun, quirky, symbollic film that blurs the lines between dream time and waking.The actors are charming and utterly believable as is the mysterious "Mrs. Jackson", an Indian trickster that drives the narrative."The Price Of Milk" is a fine love letter to all couples. We must all give up something to keep together. This is a small, quiet film to love and cherish."
The Price of Milk | Chicago | 05/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"30 Second Bottom Line: A woman who is engaged to be married decides to test her relationship because it seems too perfect. As things start to unravel, her efforts to turn the clock back prove more than a little difficult. Story Line: Lucinda and Rob (Danielle Cormack and Karl Urban) are a very happy couple who can make love with passion either in their bedroom or in an open pasture. Their eyes light up when they see each other and when Lucinda accepts Rob's proposal of marriage, both are rapturous. The setting is a dairy farm in the lush New Zealand countryside. Understanding that this romantic comedy is a fable helps to get in the right frame of mind for the events that are about to occur. Two things help us make that transition early on in the film. One is that Rob has a dog with agoraphobia (fear of being in public places). The dog runs around under a cardboard box, which totally covers him up. No holes for the eyes or anything like that mind you. I knew I was hooked when Rob scratched the box and I was oddly touched and willing to accept it. The other is that Rob is so attached to his herd of 117 milk cows that he recognizes them by their "voices." He greets them by their unique number, "Hello # 87, how are you today?" Lucinda and Rob live in a thrown together cottage, with little furniture; but it has a surprising magical quality, felt later in the story. Their one beautiful possession is a patchwork quilt they sleep under.The Price of Milk allows us to reflect on personal situations where we knew that 1) it was either too good to be true, or 2) that since nothing lasts forever, the expression "this too shall pass," applies to good things as well as bad. While you may think that it's as good as it gets, it could actually get better, if you only leave it alone!"
Heidi Waterhouse | Kent, Washington, United States | 01/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I could throw some adjectives at this movie, but I doubt it would work. It's as if Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jane Campion had a dairy-based love child and put it on Prozac.

If you are not currently in a happy relationship, watch with caution.

The commentary track is of the 'crawl inside the filmmaker's head' variety (as opposed to the 'look at our special effects' variety).

Other points:
Full of Russian orchestra music!
Karl Urban has been added to my Amazon wishlist, but they say he's backordered. He's like a dimply funny R. Feinnes.
Agoraphobic dog in a box!
Character named after fruit flies!
sauterjen | Baileys Harbor, WI USA | 07/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While traveling in New Zealand my husband and I went to see this film in Christchurch. I feel very lucky to have seen it in New Zealand since I would never had the chance to see it back in the United States. It is a lovely surealistic tale of love, not the quest for love but discovery of the difficulties and beauties of found love. I never buy films yet am in waiting for it's release on VHS or DVD. I highly recommend this film as a lovely change to the consistently simlar hollywood love stories we all know!"