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Me Myself I

Pamela has everything that she ever wanted - everything, that is, except a devoted hubby and a few kids. But what if she hadn't turned Robert down, all those years ago? Where would she be now?

Most of us don't ever get to find out, but one sunny day Pamela, the successful single journalist with a fab pad in inner city Sydney, is hit by a car and meets her alter ego. The one who said yes to Mr Right all those years ago. Suddenly there it all is: the three kids, rose covered cottage in the suburbs; even a nice big Toorak Tractor to ferry the littlies to school and back.

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It's all a big shock for Pamela (played by Rachel Griffiths). Without the intervening years to make sense of it all, Pamela's new life seems more grief than joy as she struggles to come to terms with housewifely love and playing mum to three grotty strangers. With only fond nostalgia to feed her relationship with her instant husband, it's hard to reconcile the boring, snoring reality with the soft focus fantasy. We struggle and laugh with her as the truth dawns and she makes the best of it, unwilling to accept what is expected of her and ultimately finding a satisfaction in her new role.

Pamela's life twists again and she's back with her friend, the one who said yes. She wanted to know what it would have been like, to choose the other path, and although we never find out much about how she spent the intervening time, she's clearly thrilled to be back, and her youngest has missed her. "Mummy's back!" he announces to the bewildered family.

Rachel Griffiths is developing into one of our most interesting actresses and she amply fleshes out both roles. She's wonderful to watch and is in almost every scene. I expect to see her again at this year's AFI awards, with at least a nomination for her performance. She gives us the highs and lows of both lives with equal verve, and you're left with a feeling of exhilaration for how far she's come. Both lives are portrayed in surprisingly brave honesty, and more than once I found myself squirming with recognition.

I enjoyed the film quite a lot. Although I don't usually go for romantic comedy, this one has a lot to offer women especially. How many of us in our thirties ask the same question? Like Pamela, we already know the answer.

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Title: Me, Myself, I
Written by: Pip Karmel
Directed by: Pip Karmel
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