On a Friday after a horrific train crash, three newsmen in Adelaide must take stock: Nick, a photojournalist, learns he has cancer; Andy, a writer with two children who has a bad relationship with his ex, learns his girlfriend Anna is pregnant; Phil, an editor, realizes he's missing his children's growing up. That afternoon, Meryl, an artist who illustrates sympathy cards and constantly imagines disasters, witnesses a train accident kill a man. At the crash site, she meets Nick, and a relationship flowers over the next three days which makes them both question their lives, wants and needs. Nick's mother, Andy's kids and ex, the dead man's girlfriend, the driver of the train, and his son round out an ensemble of grief and sorrow as each character becomes linked to another through the train accident. Can decisions to act bring hope?Written by
The screenplay's development was intense and concentrated. Between late 2002 and the middle of 2003, the film was largely self-financed by the creative team. The film then received development assistance from the Australian Film Commission and the South Australian Film Corporation. See more »
With life inevitably comes death and the characters here bring the fear, longing and love of life to us in the most normal, everyday way. This doesn't stop you from walking from the cinema feeling you have just witnessed brilliance. Subtle. Real. Everyday. Normal .... but engaging, wonderful and more than just another movie. This is real life drama without twee, without corn, without a sledgehammer. Running like a railway track throughout the movie is the reality of death which may be around the corner, or a century away, no one knows their final hour, yet everyone finally becomes more aware of its inevitability at some point. The difference lay in how we all deal with this reality. Sara Watt has managed to show us all this and more not only in the dialogue of the movie but in subtle looks, scenes and nuances. It's a rare treat to be considered an intelligent audience.
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