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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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Under the surface of every life lies a mystery See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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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

Just before the fishing trip, Stewart dyes his graying hair black. At the river, the gray reappears, but his hair inexplicably turns jet-black again upon his return. 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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Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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Good Aussie film that loses its way down the road of political correctness
11 June 2007 | by Rupert17See all my reviews

As an exploration of a shaky marriage sinking further into the mire as a result of a particular 'incident' where several fisherman find a dead Aboriginal girl in a river and defer reporting their find to the authorities with predictable moral consequences, then Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne succeeds very well. As a commentary on racist attitudes and the even more shaky road to reconciliation between Whites and Blacks in Australia then I think Jindabyne falls well short and the denouement is quite laughable.

Laura Linney's portrayal of a fish-out-of-water American in the Australian landscape attempting to come to grips with her failing marital relationship and anxiety-ridden motherhood is superb. Linney really knows how to convey tension from the screen to the audience. Gabe Byrne as Linney's husband and continual source of disappointment to her is always good and the rest of the cast is fine. I know that multi-layering can raise the quality of a film above the routine, but in this case Lawrence would have done better to concentrate on what basis a relationship stands or falls, rather than using this theme as a way of making a political statement. In doing so, his characters lost their humanity.

Nowhere near as good as his previous effort Lantana.


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