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Closed for Winter (2009)

Tells the story of a woman's journey to overcome the events of the past and to find a way to move on. It is a story of dark secrets and the power of and celebration of letting go.


James Bogle


Georgia Blain (based on a novel by), James Bogle (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Natalie Imbruglia ... Elise Silverton
Daniel Frederiksen ... Martin
Deborah Kennedy ... Dorothy
Danielle Catanzariti ... Frances
Tiahn Green Tiahn Green ... Young Elise
Tony Martin ... John Mills
Sophie Ross ... Jocelyn
Adam Morgan ... The Foreman
Kaliopi Eleni ... Mariel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Fantasia ... Dune Kissing Male
Tayman Jamae Tayman Jamae ... Beach Boy
Zed Jamae Zed Jamae ... Beach Boy
Rob MacPherson Rob MacPherson ... Simon Hughes
Guy O'Donnell ... Jim Hunt


Tells the story of a woman's journey to overcome the events of the past and to find a way to move on. It is a story of dark secrets and the power of and celebration of letting go.

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The hardest loss is the one that remains a mystery. See more »









Release Date:

23 April 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Elise See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 19,450 (Australia), 26 April 2009, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Ben Grant was determined to secure finance and make this picture. He said: "This film has subjects and issues that are taboo. It was a very difficult film to get up and to and convince people that a film about a child that goes missing and a woman's journey to try and deal with that twenty years later would be of interest." See more »

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Dark and Beautiful
4 October 2015 | by toniantigoSee all my reviews

This beautiful tale of a woman Elise coming to terms of accepting the disappearance of her sister Frances is one of those movies that you will never understand if you don't listen to the dialogues attentively, which makes the movie even more interesting because there is no clear cue as to what really happened to the character whom the central emotions of desperation, longing, melancholy and even confusion revolve around.

The way the movie presents its conflict is flashback. Flashback is a great tool to present two realities that are quite complex. In this movie it is used effectively through the aid of great cinematography. There are moments when flashbacks are too lengthy to be useful to the message the film tries to convey but overall, it was used in a palatable manner.

One problem I find the movie is characterisation. There are characters that are confusing as to how they are related to the one another because the characters themselves are off-tangent and exaggerated but acted in a restrained and underwhelming manner. Especially The doctor, Elise's love interest.

Overall, the film is beautiful. Quite dark but beautiful. If you pick up the cues, you'd probably know more than Elise as she seems too oblivious of the fact that her sister was giving her signs that something wasn't going well with her life that possibly led to her disappearance. In the movie the resolution is as unclear as the the conflict but true to what the film is suggesting that in grieving and moving on, you do not need to know all the intricate details, you just need to do it to better yourself.

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