Never have I seen a film which removes so much from then source material. Where Shute's novel eyes the entrepreneurship of Jean Paget upon her arrival in Willstown, this cinematic interpretation spends almost its entire run-time in Malaya following Jean and the English women and children prisoners of war.
Further to these problems, A Town Like Alice is really just a boring-ass film seemingly churned out in an attempt to capitalise on the success of the novel.
A shame really because I was (foolishly, in hindsight) expecting good things.
So about halfway through Dogville it occurred to me, as the chapters were seemingly breezing by, that I was watching an edited version of the film. I noticed at about 80 minutes that I was already up to about Chapter 7 (of 9). I checked the back of my DVD which I had purchased (it was only a $2 ex-rental, luckily) and LO AND BEHOLD, Australia's Dogville only runs for 134 minutes!
So why THE FUCK does the Australian distributor…