- Director:John Duigan
- Cast:David Field, Andrew Hazzard, Nammi Le, Peter O'Brien
- Release Date:September 05, 2012
- Distributor:Antidote Films
- The Film:3.0
"It's an uneven film..."
Given the prominence of veteran Australian director John Duigan (The Year My Voice Broke, Sirens), it's surprising and a little disheartening that this, his latest film, disappeared at the box office without so much as a ripple. Careless Love is far from the best thing he's ever churned out, but you'd think that the release of his first Australian film in almost twenty years would be worth some fanfare.
The film follows Linh (Nammi Le), a Vietnamese-Australian university student who has taken up working as an escort in order to help her unemployed parents cover their mortgage. Keeping her student and professional lives separate proves difficult, especially when she pursues a relationship with fellow student, Jack (Andrew Hazzard), as well as an odd friendship with one of her clients, the enigmatic American Luke (Peter O'Brien, who needs to work on his American accent). Inevitably, her two worlds collide.
It's an uneven film, with a gritty, down to earth worldview competing with some shaky performances and the occasional descent into melodrama. Le is an engaging central figure, and she gets good support from Ivy Mak as fellow prostitute Mint, and David Field as sympathetic driver Dion, but ultimately this is less than the sum of its parts.