In mid-1985 Film Australia, the production division of the Australian Film Commission, initiated a new “cinema verite” series for television entitled “Real Life.” Singles</i> is its first completed episode. <i>Singles</i> is an unusual foray into the world of the unattached, focusing in particular on Charles. He is recently divorced and now struggling to get his life together. Charles is a knot of neurotic, but very real emotions. He craves the love and attention of women but refuses commitment. He is self-absorbed, bitter, pompous, and at times, child-like. In short, he is human, all too human.
Under the controlled direction of Karl McPhee, <i>Singles</i> is an agonizing, vivacious and funny film, but honest to the point of pain. Here cinema verite functions as would a psychologist: probing, exposing and ultimately sympathizing with Charles’ extreme behavior. We become a privileged witness to a complex web of fact and fantasy, the impulses of insecurity and friendship, and the pain of emotional rejection. <i>Singles</i> is a window to a troubled, human soul.
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