DVD: The Slap (15)


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Melissa George again; this time she's Rosie, a drippy, hippie mum, in this engrossing eight-part ensemble drama adapted from Christos Tsiolkas's novel about the barbed underbelly of Melbourne suburbia.

Jazz-loving Hector, nearly 40, is married to the beautiful Aisha (Sophie Okonedo) but fixated by the babysitter, Connie (Sophie Lowe, excellent). Aisha is organising a birthday barbie for their friends and it's here that things start to unravel for Hector and his pals when a partygoer slaps Rosie's incredibly annoying child, Hugo. The dysfunctional partygoers take sides and things turn ugly. The Slap is a slick, authentic look at middle-class disenchantment.