This story takes place in Sydney, where the story begins with a student named Lisa and lives in the suburbs. When Lisa finishes her exams, she seems to be waiting for the results of her final high school exams, where she dreams of going to the University of Sydney to change her life. During the waiting period, Lisa takes a summer job at a large store. In that big store, she works alongside a group of salesmen who change her isolated world.
As a light, lovely-looking entertainment, Ladies in Black is a superlative chick flick that celebrates femininity and independence as mutually supportive qualities...the film also champions how Australia was built by a rich mix of cultures.
It's hardly surprising that Beresford's return to top form has come along in the shape of a movie made in Australia, based on an Australian novel, using top Australian actors and a few well-chosen ring-ins.
While the film feels slightly avoidant of the deeper issues at stake, what remains is a delightfully warm-hearted film that turns a topical minefield into an inviting meadow you'll want to roll around in.