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Separation City - Rhona Mitra, Joel Edgerton, Danielle Cormack, Paul Middleditch

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Simon (Joel Edgerton) and Pam (Danielle Cormack) previously a golden couple find themselves in smug and comfortable suburbia with two small children a sex-life on hold and a marriage in limbo. At a yoga class for young mothers Pam meets the utterly gorgeous cellist, Katrien (Rhona Mitra), who is quickly embraced by a bunch of young couples who call themselves the family group.

Katrien followed her love-rat husband Klaus (Thomas Kretschmann) to New Zealand in the hope that their love would flourish. Instead, she catches him in bed with a young art student and her marriage falls apart. Katrien's sudden availability and vulnerability knocks the disillusioned Simon completely sideways. Hurt, confused and lonely, Katrien is susceptible to Simon's infatuation and sexual tension ignites.

Their mutual attraction must be secret from the family group as it escalates and proves impossible to resist. They mumble and fumble a number of opportunities until a meticulously planned clandestine rendezvous in Berlin turns into a wild and crazy farce that threatens to rip their lives apart...

Separation City is a bitter-sweet comedy, drama about falling out of love for the very first time. A painful lesson about how unrequited love lasts forever and while requited love comes with a use-by date. A story about courtship, mateship and jumping ship. A film for anyone who has ever been in a relationship and woken up beside someone they once adored beyond measure and thought even fleetingly, is this it?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy drama NZ German relationship marriage adultery love men's group betrayal politics suburban

Persons of interest

  • Joel Edgerton .... Simon
  • Rhona Mitra .... Katrien
  • Danielle Cormack .... Pam
  • Les Hill .... Harry Ronayne
  • Thomas Kretschmann .... Klaus
  • Michelle Langstone .... Julie
  • Blerim Destani .... Conductor
  • Alan Lovell .... Archie Boyle
  • Jodie Rimmer .... Joanne
  • Phil Brown .... Keith
  • Stephanie Paul .... Pip
  • Grant Roa .... Tem Bristow
  • Mike Minogue .... Errol
  • Kate Harcourt .... Mrs Simpson
  • Cohen Holloway .... Roger
  • Laura Surrich .... Kimberley
  • Jane Waddell .... Mrs Boyle
  • Tom Scott .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Middleditch .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Nothing will kill a relationship quicker or more thoroughly than living in the suburbs.

Nothing will kill a soul quicker or more thoroughly than living in the suburbs.

They suck.

But not as much as an infatuation. When they're already married. And you're already married. And they have kids. And you have kids. And you all live in the same suburb. And your wife can't be fucked... well, to fuck, or your husband is too busy fucking to fuck you. The problem in both cases is a lack of communication. It's an old problem but a common one, and easy to fix: open your mouth and talk. "I want to book a time with no work and no kids during which we will do nothing but root." "I want to marry you but I don't want to be monogamous." "I met this chick and I really want to root her." See? Easy.

Of course, if people did this then there'd be no soap operas and Separation City would be a comedy about bumbling politicians and their over-worked staff (see In the loop.) As such, this is a chick flick: romance, relationships, men behaving badly, yoga, babies, hot sex, feelings of betrayal, emotions. Joel Edgerton does a good line in husband material (safe choice) while our German friend Thomas Kretschmann is a sexy artist bad boy (unsafe choice). Rhona Mitra gets married to annoy her parents (unsafe choice) while Danielle Cormack gets married because it's what girls do (safe choice). Given the smallness of the events that take place, the whole movie becomes a safe choice, but at least it isn't Shortland Street.

The comedy, drama, NZ movie Separation City is directed by Paul Middleditch and stars Rhona Mitra, Joel Edgerton, Danielle Cormack.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sex scenes and sexual references)

Surveillance time

106 minutes (1:46 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 4 March 2010

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