JOHN, his wife EMILY, and their small son EDWARD leave the city for what they believe will be a brief foray to the countryside to claim John's inheritance - a small shack. They find ... See full summary »





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Credited cast:
Michael Baldwin ...
Don Barker ...
Mark Constable ...
Julia Fry ...
Barfly girl
Arthur Graftz ...
Graveyard man
Edwin Hodgeman ...
Old Man in motel
Duncan Luke ...
Sitting man
Kym McKenzie ...
Chopping man
Christina Page ...
Angry man
Stephen Sheehan ...
Rob Sinkinson ...
Man in hat
Will Traeger ...
Edward (as William Traeger)


JOHN, his wife EMILY, and their small son EDWARD leave the city for what they believe will be a brief foray to the countryside to claim John's inheritance - a small shack. They find themselves in a strange back-woods rural setting. Nothing is what it seems, and JOHN's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre as he crosses paths with the unusual inhabitants of the area, some of whom he knows from a distant past. As his connections to the area are gradually revealed, we are shown a puzzle and a tapestry of our hero and his life before he moved away. To his wife's horror we witness a man who belongs to a long lineage of disaster and mishap and rural weirdness. As the realization sets in of what has happened, the specter of the next-in-line, his son EDWARD, becomes spookily evident. Written by Dieter Muller

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Happy happy, joy, joy, until someone gets hurt....


Horror | Mystery





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1 February 2006 (Australia)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Director spotted young actor William Traeger at a community quiz night. He sung a tune from theater production of "Oliver" in which he was performing at the time. See more »


John: He just wears a hat... and wanders around
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Dark and dreary
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this movie at the Bend Film Festival last night. First note is the audience reaction was not good. That could have been because the crowd was in sort of a silly, upbeat mood since it was Friday evening and had viewed a couple of humorous shorts before "Modern Love". This movie is dark, moody and humorless, which might have worked better on a Sunday afternoon with a more serious crowd. That said, I still have some problems with this movie. Some technical things were done well. The use of darkness and light in the first part of the film is neat and the two leads, Mark Constable and Victoria Hill, do a good job of portraying a passionless couple without wasting time on getting into the reasons for the state of their marriage. Later Constable does a good job of going slowly from serious, hard-working family man to what may or may not be a crazy person. There was also some great photography. That aside, I can't say I liked this movie. It seems the director is trying to emulate David Lynch and fell short. There were too many long scenes with very little dialog and this got tiresome by the end. The characters from the small town were just strange. They weren't lovably strange, quirky or even interesting. As the movie goes on you're sort of waiting for an explanation for the behavior of John, the main character. When that finally happens the revelation isn't particularly earthshaking. I haven't seen many Australian movies, nor do I know much about the place and that might skew my feelings some. But in general I found this movie dark, dreary and increasingly difficult to watch as it wore on.

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