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The community reels after an incident on a suburban train. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, is pitched into the chaos that follows this tragic event. He struggles to clear the noises in his head while all around him deal with the after burn of the crime. Written by
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Constable Graham McGahan:
I got this theory about that. You know, what I read was, heaven or hell, is whatever you're thinking that second between your body dying and your brain dying. Your regrets, who you loved, who loved you. What you remember of your life, that's the eternity everyone's talking about. So, if you are a fuckwit, then... when you die, in that ten seconds between your brain and your body dying, your brain remembers all the time you were a fuckwit - over and over again... until it feels like this ...
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Oh man, what a great film. I enjoyed this so much. You'd be much better not knowing too much about it - but since you're here, you already know a fair bit (and I promise not to tell you any more). This is a 'grower,' one of those quiet, strong movies that not everyone will 'get' or appreciate. To me, it worked in the same way as Trampoline, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine (and indeed Sunshine) and You, Me and Everyone We Know (I think that was its name) work... quirk, waywardness, risk. For it to succeed in working for some of us, almost by definition it's bound to alienate lots of others, too. I'm not surprised that some will say "Huh? Is that it?" But the ways it plays with the notion of noise and not-hearing and hearing something but not the right thing are just tremendous. So three cheers for writer and director Matt Saville. Ditto too for the acting - not a wrong note or bad performance among 'em.
I'm still thinking about this movie a couple of days on... Do yourself a favour, try not to learn any more about this, try not to let my raving set too high an expectation, and get along and see it for yourself. I hope you're one of those who DO get it.
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