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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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Mary Kostakidis ...
SBS Newsreader
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Meryl Lee
Daniela Farinacci ...
Julia
Robbie Hoad ...
Rob (as Rob Hoad)
William McInnes ...
Nick
Leon Teague ...
Doctor
Andrew S. Gilbert ...
Phil
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Andy Walker
Elena Carapetis ...
Maria
Tamara Lee ...
Policewoman (as Tamara Lees)
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Train Driver
Lisa Flanagan ...
Anna
Irena Dangov ...
Train Driver's Wife
Jacquelynne Willcox ...
Current Affairs Reporter
Laura Peisley ...
Emily
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material | See all certifications »

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

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$104,756 (USA) (1 September 2006)
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Nick: There's always this stuff in the paper about a brave-battle-with-cancer but then you're also supposed to accept it and have a nice everybody-gather-round-and-hug-each-other death. And when's that turnaround supposed to happen?
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a great film for the Aussie film industry.
19 September 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Every couple of years the quality of our films seems to peak then decline. For every Muriel's Wedding or Lantana there are four films like The Nugget or Strange Bedfellows. Perhaps it's our complete saturation of American culture. Our expectations are such that everything we see must conform to the mold of American T.V. or film. 'Look Both Ways' is another attempt to fly in the face of this all-consuming wave, one that grows steadily bigger. The ability to tell distinctly Australian stories, whether they be set in suburbia or outback, period or contemporary, is something that should be encouraged and supported. This is not a U.S bashing exercise. Or a dig at the media in this country. I merely want to state that it is good to see courage taken by Australian film makers and financiers by making this film. We will never be as big as Hollywood, and we shouldn't try to be. National cinema, no matter what country it is, exists to enhance and enrich the culture that it comes from. We should be happy that this film has been made, because it gives hope for the future, until the media proclaims that our industry has declined again.

Getting to the film, I feel that it gives a feeling of hope in the face of uncertainty and fear. The main characters have to deal with things that creep up on us without warning, whether it be the death of a loved one, or a freight train accident, or the first unsure steps in a developing relationship. The film focuses on how these events can cripple our daily lives, sending us into muddled states of grief and fear. It also makes us treasure what we have. this film is a gem, one that deserves to have a wide viewer ship, just so that the world can see what we are capable of.


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