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Janey is on vacation with her brother, Jim, mother, Kate, and father Ed, at their beach house on the Mahurangi Peninsual in New Zealand. Ed and Kate, who are on the verge of divorce, sit around in the back yard all day drinking whiskey and Janey and Jim are left to their own devices. Cady, a local boatee who is having an affair with Kate, catches Janey's pubescent eye. In response to his wife's drinking problem and recurring infidelity, Ed turns to alcohol, ignoring his children almost as much as his wife, which eventually leads to a character's fate. Written by
A New Zealand teen copes with the dissolution of her parents' marriage while the family is vacationing at the beach. Directing her first feature film, Jeffs does a good job of capturing the shattering impact a failing marriage can have on children. She also gains intimacy by filming it like a home movie, but needlessly resorts to gimmicks such as slow motion and black and white shots. Fulford-Wierzbicki turns in an affecting performance as the teen struggling to cope with her parents' breakup. Peirse is strangely cold and distant as the mother, perhaps intentionally. Murphy is adorable as Fulford-Wierzbicki's little brother. The ending is contrived. And there's no rain.
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