Kate Winslet stars as a seething woman who returns to her Australian hometown after 25 years in exile, takes the place by storm as a designer of chic dresses, and plots her revenge against the people who cast her out. The movie was adapted from a novel by Rosalie Ham, but the characters are so broad and goony they seem to have stepped out of an E.C. Segar comic strip. Judy Davis rants and raves as the heroine’s dried-up old mama, and Hugo Weaving plays a stiff-necked constable with a secret penchant for women’s clothing. The leaden comedy eventually gives way to histrionic anguish, though the movie is so emotionally garbled you may not notice any difference. Jocelyn Moorhouse directed; with Liam Hemsworth and Sarah Snook.