A Place to Call Home

Series | English | 6 Seasons | 62 Episodes, 42-45 Minutes | Original Release: April 28, 2013

Info
This series is set in New South Wales, Australia, shortly after the end of World War II. After 20 years living in Europe, and surviving the war, Sarah Adams, is returning to her home in Inverness, Australia. While on board the ship, she saves a young man, James Bligh, from jumping overboard. She learns, when she arrives in her hometown of Inverness, that James is the son of the most influential landowners in the area. She is threatened by the matriarch, Elizabeth Bligh, that she must keep his suicide attempt confidential. What Elizabeth would really like to do is drive Sarah out of town. This, together with Sarah’s complicated romance with George Bligh, another son, and her conversion to Judaism, create multiple issues and heartaches.
Cast
Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah Adams) / Kathy Bates (Elizabeth Bligh) / Brett Clino (George Bligh) / Craig Hall (Jack Duncan)
Why Stream This Film?
Let’s just say that this is soap opera at the very highest level. But by dealing so brilliantly with subjects like brutal revenge, painful marriages, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and sexual attacks, it makes this series quite special.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 100% 100%
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  • Sold to more than 120 markets around the world.

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This film is roughly what the title suggests—a captivatingly filmed, deeply romantic drama of immense intelligence and distinguished by a superb cast.
Dorothy Rabinowitz

The Wall Street Journal

The rhythm of Lee’s writing, the tempo of the acting, the swell of Michael Yezerski’s Hollywood-style score, the camera angles, the moody lighting, the harmonious editing are just right. There is not an extraneous shot in Barrett’s direction, or one that is missing.
Graeme

The Australian

A period melodrama that delivers nonstop intrigue and cliffhangers along with pointed social critique. There are a dizzying number of interwoven plot strands that involve romances complicated by class, religion,  sexual orientation, tragic pregnancies, mysterious deaths (and mysterious reappearances of people thought dead), anti-Semitism, and homophobia.
Elisabeth Vincentelli

NYT Watching

If you appreciate thought-provoking, socially conscious period dramas with some darker themes, memorable characters, and fantastic storytelling, then A PLACE to CALL HOME makes for a wonderful choice.
Amber Topping

The Silver Petticoat Review

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