Huppert travelled to Australia to take up the role of Colo, a Frenchwoman in exile from a stifling marriage who embarks on a tentative romance with a lecturer at a school for the sight-impaired as her own ability to see ebbs. Robert Menzies plays the blind man who draws Colo into his orbit in a typically uneasy but always intriguing drama directed by Dutch-born Australian auteur, Paul Cox.  Cox regulars Norman Kaye and Sheila Florance feature in a fine supporting cast, but this is Huppert’s show.  Making the most of her diminutive porcelain features, ethereal expressions, and French accent, Cactus is a tantalizing blend of the vernacular and the metaphysical.

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