Look Both Ways (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  18 August 2005 (Australia)
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During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Kostakidis ...
SBS Newsreader
Meryl Lee
Daniela Farinacci ...
Robbie Hoad ...
Rob (as Rob Hoad)
William McInnes ...
Leon Teague ...
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Andy Walker
Elena Carapetis ...
Tamara Lee ...
Policewoman (as Tamara Lees)
Train Driver
Lisa Flanagan ...
Irena Dangov ...
Train Driver's Wife
Jacquelynne Willcox ...
Current Affairs Reporter
Laura Peisley ...


On a Friday after a horrific train crash, three newsmen in Adelaide must take stock: Nick, a photojournalist, learns he has cancer; Andy, a writer with two children who has a bad relationship with his ex, learns his girlfriend Anna is pregnant; Phil, an editor, realizes he's missing his children's growing up. That afternoon, Meryl, an artist who illustrates sympathy cards and constantly imagines disasters, witnesses a train accident kill a man. At the crash site, she meets Nick, and a relationship flowers over the next three days which makes them both question their lives, wants and needs. Nick's mother, Andy's kids and ex, the dead man's girlfriend, the driver of the train, and his son round out an ensemble of grief and sorrow as each character becomes linked to another through the train accident. Can decisions to act bring hope? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Disaster Is Everywhere


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 August 2005 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$164,727 (Australia) (19 August 2005)


$104,756 (USA) (1 September 2006)

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The film was selected as a film text by the Australian State of Victoria's Curriculum and Assessment Authority. See more »


Joan: It doesn't matter how he died. Your father's death was not the sum of his life. It doesn't matter how life ends, it matters how it was. I couldn't give him my way of coping and you couldn't give him yours. Everybody has to find a way to face their own death, and life.
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A joyful film about death
22 August 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this new Australian film several days ago and I can't stop thinking about it. A joyful film about death sounds like impossible but this one does it, brilliantly. The acting is just right - not showy, doesn't get in the way of the storytelling, understated but terrific. The lead actress is wonderful, just perfect for the part - awkward, uncertain, and very funny. Some of the actors who appear in several scenes have no lines, or only a handful, but this just underscores the quiet intensity of the script.

It reminded me of some of Altman's best stuff, separate story threads that wind in and out of each other, sometimes intimately intertwined and sometimes very briefly touching. Can't think of any other movie it compares to very closely, State and Main would be the nearest I can think of, although this is less of a comedy and more a thinking and feeling film.

I've no idea if or when it's going to get released elsewhere, but catch it if you can.

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