Whilst on a family vacation on the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand, 13-year-old Janey begins to realize that her parents' marriage is on the rocks.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki ...
Janey
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Kate
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Cady
Alistair Browning ...
Ed
Aaron Murphy ...
Jim
David Taylor ...
Sam
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Ron
Claire Dougan ...
Joy
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Heather
Pino Scopas ...
Pino
Ross Harper ...
Partygoer #1
Jane Irwin ...
Partygoer #2
Tom Evans ...
Partygoer #3
Andi Reveley ...
Partygoer #4
Lu Rathe ...
Boat Cleaner
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Storyline

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 NZFILM

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Drama | Romance

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October 2001 (New Zealand)  »

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Eső  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$15,222 (USA) (28 April 2002)

Gross:

$453,517 (USA) (22 September 2002)
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1.66 : 1
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Goofs

Although the film is set in the 1970s, the "Clipsal" type electric light switch seen on the bathroom wall in close up in one scene dates from the 1990s. See more »

Quotes

Janey: I'd like to have some nice photo's.
Jim: Why?
Janey: 'Cause I want to.
Ed: What for?
Janey: My portfolio.
Ed: Why do you need a portfolio?
Janey: I don't know.
Ed: What would you do with a portfolio?
Janey: I think it'd give me good confidence.
Ed: I didn't think you needed it.
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Soundtracks

Phantom Love
Written by Lisa Germano (as L. Germano)
Universal - Songs of Polygram Int. inc.
Performed by Lisa Germano
Licensed courtesy of 4AD
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Affecting but Contrived
29 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

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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