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
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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Film was first rejected by Melbourne and Sydney Film Fests before scoring invites to over a dozen international film festivals including Locarno, Shanghai, Moscow, Split, Sao Paulo, Hofer-Filmtage, Kiev International and Mannheim-Heidelburg. See more »


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''Valley of Tears''
30 December 2006 | by (Split, Croatia) – See all my reviews

Talking about competition features at the Split Film festival, we have titles from all over the world. China, Korea, Canada, USA and Australia and many of these stories are indicating that the world is really valley of tears. Modern love...thats for sure.

In that movie by Alex Frayne, two younger married people and their boy are traveling from town to the coast to visit the grave and house of the man's uncle who raised him a long time ago and who died in mysterious circumstances. The coastal village seems like something in an American horror film where the village is bizarre and people are uncommon mutants. But episodes in Alex Frayne's pastorella can't be described as horror in the normal way. In fact this is an extreme interesting drama where we are seeing relationships and horror through flashbacks and much more. In this story and through obviously psychological facets of the actors we are shown a peep show of film some charmingly eccentric Australian film-making. Thus is the the case of Frayne. Always something new and fresh. Visual intelligence and unique sensibility of some Australian directors is astonishing good. Frayne's movie is super. There is something in the Australian landscape that shows their movies so special as we have see in FRAYNE's Modern Love and in RAY Lawrence movies Lantana and Jindabyne.

It seems it will be the same in future titles of Alex Frayne.

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