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Barbara O'Dair

From the opening credits of Sweetie, a pretty, witty, disturbing film from Australia by first-time feature director Jane Campion, we know there’s going to be trouble. It might be the singsong voice-over by Kay (Karen Colston) in which she discusses her younger sister, Sweetie (Genevieve Lemon) — their daddy’s princess — and Kay’s own dread of trees. Or it might be the scenes in which oddball, doe-eyed Kay consults a tea-leaf reader for romantic advice and then goes out to get her man, a well-meaning bloke named Louis (Tom Lycos).

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You would think by the stir accompanying first-time filmmaker Michael Moore’s Roger & Me last year that he had introduced his own DeLorean. First, the low-budget documentary about autoworker layoffs in Flint, Mich., was a surprise hit, hauling in $5.5 million at the box office in its first two months. Then came the backlash: Journalists took Moore to task for misleading audiences about key events in Flint’s decline, setting off a debate about the film’s accuracy and honesty that still continues.

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