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Jindabyne (2006)

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After four men on a fishing trip discover a dead body in the water, they choose to delay reporting it and continue fishing.

Director:

Ray Lawrence

Writers:

Beatrix Christian, Raymond Carver (short story "So Much Water So Close to Home")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Haywood ... Gregory
Tatea Reilly ... Susan
Laura Linney ... Claire
Sean Rees-Wemyss ... Tom
Gabriel Byrne ... Stewart Kane
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Jude
John Howard ... Carl
Eva Lazzaro ... Caylin-Calandria
Maya Daniels Maya Daniels ... Caylin-Calandria's Mother
Bob Baines ... Doctor #1
Max Cullen ... Terry
Stelios Yiakmis Stelios Yiakmis ... Rocco
Simon Stone ... Billy 'The Kid'
Victoria Allen Victoria Allen ... Girl at Garage
Leah Purcell ... Carmel
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Storyline

Jindabyne, in the southeast section of New South Wales, was moved to its current site from its original site upon the building of a hydroelectric dam, the resulting reservoir, Lake Jindabyne, which now sits atop the original townsite. Among its residents are a group of friends who socialize together: married Stewart and Claire, a service station owner/former race car driver and a pharmacist respectively, and their adolescent son Tommy; married Carl and Jude, who have been guardians to their adolescent granddaughter Caylin-Calandria, Tommy's friend and disruptive classmate, ever since her mother's passing; Rocco and his new aborigine girlfriend, Carmel, a teacher at Tommy and Caylin-Calandria's school; and young parents Billy and Elissa, Billy who works casually as a mechanic for Stewart. Despite Stewart and Claire loving each other, there has long been disharmony in their household. Claire left for eighteen months following Tommy's birth due to post-partum depression. Then, Stewart's ... Written by Huggo

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In Australia, the town of Jindabyne is about to face a moment of truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Irish | Aboriginal

Release Date:

20 July 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Duchy Jindabyne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$656,650 (Australia), 21 July 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,298, 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$399,879, 2 September 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD censored)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay is based on the short story "So much water so close to home" by American writer Raymond Carver. The song "Everything's Turning to White" by Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly was also inspired by Carver's story. See more »

Goofs

The telephone number on the door of Gregory's, the electrician, Land Rover starts with '70'. This cannot be a Jindabyne telephone number as they start with '64' in that part of N.S.W., Australia. (Note that the code '70' is a special prefix for movie use. It is issued by the Australian Media and Communications Aurtority). See more »

Quotes

Top Cop: We don't step over bodies in order to enjoy our leisure activities. You're a pack of bloody idiots. I'm ashamed of you. The whole town's ashamed of you.
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Featured in Getaway: Episode #15.30 (2006) See more »

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Love is mighty close to you
Written by Stephen Cummings (as S. Cummings) and Jeff Burstin (as J. Burstin)
Performed by Jimmy Little
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Thought provoking but dull
13 September 2006 | by annie-186See all my reviews

I had read so many good reviews about this film, so just HAD to see it. Well about half an hour into it, I was bored to death and it didn't get any better.

Basic plot summary: young aboriginal girl gets raped and murdered and dumped in the local water system near a rural township. Four friends off on a fishing weekend in a secluded location, find the body. Instead of reporting it, one of the party ties the body up and they carry on with their holiday. They later report the find to the police and incur a backlash from the local and the aboriginal community. Each person and their spouse react differently and it is this character exploration that is central to the film's story.

It sounds good and original. However the pace was too slow and I felt nothing for the characters. Laura Linney's character meant well, but she was sickeningly self-righteous. There was also a very poisonous little girl who I found difficult to watch as her behaviour bordered on sociopathic. The only character I liked was Laura Linney's son.

My summary: slow, hard to watch and completely unsympathetic characters.

4/10


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