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Men's Group (2008)

Six strangers meet up every week to talk, finding they are not alone with their issues. Secrets are revealed as their friendships grow but when tragedy strikes, they realize that it is up to them to take responsibility for their own lives.

Director:

Michael Joy

Writers:

Michael Joy (story), John L. Simpson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Dodwell Grant Dodwell ... Alex
Don Reid Don Reid ... Cecil
Paul Gleeson ... Paul
Steve Rodgers ... Freddy
Steve Le Marquand ... Lucas
Paul Tassone ... Moses
William Zappa ... Anthony
Mathew Waters ... Darren
Leroy Page Leroy Page ... Windscreen wiper guy
Maria Simpson Maria Simpson ... Christine
Lily Kate Simpson Lily Kate Simpson ... Poppy
Louise McCabe Louise McCabe ... Lorraine
Jo Allebone Jo Allebone ... Bar person
Luke Anthony Luke Anthony ... Trent
Michael Karacic Michael Karacic ... Guy in bar #2
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Six strangers meet up every week to talk, finding they are not alone with their issues. Secrets are revealed as their friendships grow but when tragedy strikes, they realize that it is up to them to take responsibility for their own lives.

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Taglines:

What lies in the hearts of men.

Genres:

Drama

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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.38 (2008) See more »

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How running from life is the opposite of control
9 October 2018 | by bjn-413-866420See all my reviews

This is an intriguing movie. It is not a plot-driven movie, but is rather a movie of ideas. And the main idea it explores is how do men deal with their emotions? It demonstrates how we often deal with life feeling like we are doing a good job managing things and hiding the things that bother us, when in reality our character becomes formed by the very acts that we use as a cover. In this sense, our lives become not something we control, but that control us as we run to avoid the issues. We use humor, crudity, self-involvement, alcohol, and on and on and on, pretending that is what we care about and all the while using it to shield us from having to deal with the discomfort is being honest with ourselves. There are significant things going on in each character's life, yet none of them is able to figure out what to do about them, and cannot find it within them to be honest enough with others to find help for their problems. Another user complains that the movie is disjointed, but I found the editing to be done artfully, moving in an out of each character's dilemmas interspersed with the men's group meetings to provide some explication of the daily events.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2008 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,321
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Production Co:

Song Zu, Titan View See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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