The Goddess fo 1967


by Tuna

The Goddess of 1967 is an Australian art film/road movie directed by Clara Law.

A young Japanese man who lives in a luxury Tokyo apartment with a huge collection of reptiles decides he wants a legendary car, the 1967 Citroen DS, nicknamed the Deesse, or Goddess. He locates one on the net in Australia, makes a deal for it, and travels down under to take possession. When he arrives, he finds that the man who was selling it has shot his wife and then himself. An 18-year-old blind woman (Rose Byrne) is there with the couple's young daughter. Since there are still brains all over the ceiling, etc, he is spooked, and leaves, but remembers to come back and ask her about the car, by which time the blind woman has sent the young daughter on her way with the authorities.

She shows him the Citroen, which he loves, and then informs him she does not own the car, and that they will have to travel into the bush to meet with the real owner. It is during this five day drive into the deep bush that we learn about the two. He has lost a best friend to a traffic accident, earned his money with computer fraud over the net, and is now wanted in Japan. She was molested by her grandfather, who was also molesting her mother, all of which is shown in flashback. There is sexual tension between them.

Law's photography is unique, earning this a deserved reputation as an artistic film, but I found the visual style distracting, and the pace glacial. The Aussie outback is pictured in striking visuals which border on surreal, but that is not enough to carry the film for nearly two hours. Much of the story takes place within the confines of the car, which makes the entire project static and claustrophobic.



Our Grade:

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It is a good movie of its type, but not one that I was able to appreciate properly.



* widescreen anamorphic. 16x9

* Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

* "A Story of… a Goddess" featurette

* Still gallery

* Trailer


It won or was nominated for several minor awards including nods for Law's direction, Byrne's performance, and the cinematography.

33 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)


7.0 IMDB summary (of 10)


No theatrical release in the USA


  • Rose Bryne shows her breasts in a stygian sex scene