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Living in rural New South Wales, working-class single mother Rhia (Emily Barclay) is struggling to evade debt collectors and raise three young daughters. The eldest, and hardened beyond her years, Lou (Lily Bell Tindley) blames Rhia for the departure of her father, who walked out ten months ago and hasn't been seen since. Mother-daughter relations hit bottom when Rhia takes in Doyle (Sir John Hurt), her father in-law, who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Doyle turns Lou's initial hostility around with exciting tales of his South Seas adventures. But coursing deepest in his mind are fractured memories of Annie, his late wife. Before long, Doyle "sees" Annie in Lou and imagines he is courting her all over again.Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
A sense of yearning and nostalgia ran through this movie for Sir John Hurt. For him, it was felt through his character of Doyle's memories of his life at sea and the solace that Lou (Lily Bell Tindle) brings him. He said: "In his diminished mind and diminishing mind, she becomes the image of the love of his life and that is a solace to him." See more »
Don't Get Me Wrong
Written by Jason Matheson
Performed by Thujone
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another symptom of a film industry in trouble
This should never have been made. Even with the great John Hurt, it's reported 3 & half million budget (which would need box office returns in the area of 10:1 to break even) is irrecoverable. Creating more burnt investors and distributors who'll hesitate to touch an Australian film yet again...
Grim little "slice of life" film that even manages to flatten the lush landscape of Murwullinbah. OK performances and a script that feels like it's been put through the funding body wringer - no surprises, predictable events and story arc etc.
Reviewed as "Worthy" - i.e kiss of death. Should have been on TV .
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