One of my all-time favorite films
Judy Davis, as Sybylla Melvin, struggles with the conflicts that we all havebetween ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that noone can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yetuniversal themes told with charm, wit, and a vulnerability that allows us toget right inside of her character and to understand her --- up to a pointthat is, a career is vital but I don't believe I'd have the strength to passup Sam Neill under any circumstances, especially as cute as he is in thismovie. In fact, all the acting is great, and the cinematography isbreathtaking. Gillian Armstrong has been my idol ever since she made thismagnificent film. I give it a 10.