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A young couple on the run hole up in a country estate with a hostage in tow.

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Ron
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Andrew
Philip Holder ...
Sgt Paul Widdens
Margie McCrae ...
Mrs. Wynott
Peter Davies ...
Terry Gilmore
Taylor Owyns ...
Angela - Antique Dealer (as Taylor Owynns)
Keith Robinson ...
Mr. Middleton
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Tim
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Gabrielle
Patrick Ward ...
Andrew's father
Joanne Hunt ...
Constable Blainey (as Josy Lee Hunt)
Michael Willesee ...
Sky News reader #1 (as Mike Willesee)
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Sky News reader #2
Fabio Nardo ...
Joey's dead body
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A small time criminal, Ron, has killed the boss of his girlfriend and they are escaping from the police. After killing a gas station attendant, Ron drives to an old manor in the middle of nowhere where Andrew, an agoraphobic, lives, in order to exchange their car. When he notes that Andrew is a wealthy man, Ron decides to get money from Andrew to travel to Thailand. Andrew notices that Dale resembles his fiancée, Gabrielle, who left him six months ago. He proposes that Dale dye her hair and go to the bank with two cheques of $20,000.00 pretending that she is Gabrielle. But things do not go according to plan. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Seclusion. Seduction. Survival.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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When Ronald's girlfriend gets up at the breakfast table, and tousles his hair, Ronald is holding a glass of milk in his right hand. There's a cut to a wide shot, and Ronald is not holding the milk. There's not enough time for him to have put it down See more »

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Andrew: [calling to his escaped Cockatoo] Charlie. Charlie, come on.
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Features His Girl Friday (1940) See more »

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Performed by Emma Pask and Unity Hall Big Band
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Steamy Psychological Thriller
10 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. The acting was top-notch, although I agree with the other posters that Travis Fimmel who plays bad boy Ron was definitely channeling Brad Pitt, especially in the opening scene. Stephen Moyer, who now appears on the HBO series True Blood, was very convincing as an agoraphobic with a past.

Teresa Palmer was an excellent choice for her character; she somehow oozed overt sexuality and innocence at the same time. The sexual chemistry between her and the other two main characters, Rob and Andrew, was heavy enough to permeate through the screen.

The plot was excellent and the ending leaves you just a wee bit unsatisfied, which I like. Leave them wanting for more. And they did just that but not so you would be angry about it. It just left a bit to the imagination and I loved it. I would definitely recommend this film to a friend (and plan to!).


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