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The Last Days of Chez Nous

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The Last Days of Chez Nous
Region 2 DVD cover
Directed byGillian Armstrong
Written byHelen Garner
Produced byJan Chapman
StarringLisa Harrow
Bruno Ganz
Kerry Fox
Miranda Otto
CinematographyGeoffrey Simpson
Edited byNicholas Beauman
Offshoot Films
Music byPaul Grabowsky
Distributed byFine Line Features
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • 8 October 1992 (1992-10-08)
Running time
93 minutes

The Last Days of Chez Nous is a 1992 Australian drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and written by Helen Garner. Made in a style that emphasizes naturalism over melodrama, the film centres on what happens after Vicki arrives at the house of her older sister Beth, whose French husband falls for her. The film stars Bruno Ganz as the Frenchman JP, New Zealand actor Kerry Fox as the impulsive younger sister, and Lisa Harrow as her older sibling. The cast also includes Miranda Otto and Bill Hunter.




Helen Garner had written her first script for Jan Chapman, 2 Friends. The two of them worked on the idea of Chez Nous for a number of years before developing it into a screenplay.[1] Chapman then approached Gillian Armstrong who said:

I really loved it because I love Helen's writing. I think she has incredibly acute observation of people and wonderful poetry in her writing. I did think the biggest challenge was that so much was in one house, but I took that on board and thought, well, we'll just have to do everything possible to make people still feel they're watching a movie. After all, the house is also a character in the story.[2]

The film was entirely funded by the Film Fund of the Film Finance Corporation.[3] Armstrong made the movie straight after Fires Within and enjoyed it much more because the Hollywood film had been such a bad experience.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

The film opened in Sydney on 8 October 1992 at Greater Union Pitt Centre, Academy Twin and GU Mosman, and the same day in Melbourne at Village Rivoli Twin and Forest Hill Showcase.[4] Lisa Harrow won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the film was nominated for the AFI's Best Picture award. The film was entered into the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

The film held a 83% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of October 2019, based on 12 reviews.[6]

The Last Days of Chez Nous grossed $1,018,866 at the box office in Australia.[7] Commercially, it was the most successful of the Film Finance Fund's "Chook Raffle" slate of five films.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Raffaele Caputo, "Gillian Armstrong: The Last Days of Chez Nous", Cinema Papers, October 1992 p5-8
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Gillian Armstrong", Signet, 4 September 1998 Archived 12 January 2013 at archive.today Retrieved 17 November 2012
  3. ^ Andrew L. Urban, "The Last Days of Chez Nous", Cinema Papers, May 1991 p19-22
  4. ^ a b 'The Last Days of Chez Nous' at Ozmovies, retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  6. ^ "The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  7. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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