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Film Review: ‘Jasper Jones’

1 March 2017 8:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood come together in “Jasper Jones,” a beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia. Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences. Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist’s frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (“Bran Nue Dae”). Everything points to a successful local release on March 2. Offshore theatrical exposure is not out of the question.

Published in 2009 and since adapted for several highly acclaimed stage productions, Silvey’s source material is regarded as something of a Down UnderTo Kill a Mockingbird.” Tackling themes of prejudice, »

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