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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.



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Credited cast:
Elise Silverton
Tiahn Green ...
Young Elise
John Mills
The Foreman
Kaliopi Eleni ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dune Kissing Male
Tayman Jamae ...
Beach Boy
Zed Jamae ...
Beach Boy
Rob MacPherson ...
Simon Hughes
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.







Release Date:

23 April 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Elise  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 19,450 (Australia), 26 April 2009, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The deli from which Frances purchases cigarettes is located at 41 First Avenue, Semaphore Park, Adelaide, Australia. Specifically, it is located on the northern corner of First Avenue and Sansom Road. See more »

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Beautiful sad story by Georgia Blaine...
9 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Simply beautifully filmed, with Natalie Imbruglia as Elise, who has lost her sister under mysterious circumstances in 1987. They live on Semaphore Beach in Australia, she now lives with her mother who wallows in deep depression from loss of her husband, and then her eldest daughter Frances.

Elise wonders what happened to her sister as they went to the beach daily the summer Frances disappears. She works at an aimless job at a movie theater, models for her friend who asks why she wastes time dating Marvin. "he loves me, he really does" she wants things simple. She imagines at times seeing her sister at a nightclub, or walking the beach.

The set decoration is realistic, Elise's mother a waitress lets the house go when husband dies, the pink and green tile and cheap paint in kitchen reflect a kind of disorder. Elise's mother spends the next 20 years cutting out news articles about other missing children.

The beach itself portrays a sense of loss, then renewal after turmoil...seems trite but it isn't in this film: there is no real answer to anything, it is like having a loss in real life.

I lost my mother to an accident in the 1990's and I suppose this film has special cadence for me. The loss, why did it happen...we see all of this as Elise wanders the beach, lives a half existence with her depressed and depressive mother.

This is a niche film, it should be seen a few times to pick up the hints and nuances. Ultimately Elise finds internal spirit, it is subtle but we see as she plants the seaweed garden and moves on with life: it is never easy but somehow people go on, and Elise moves forward deciding not to live within the pain any longer. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who has felt deep loss. 10/10.

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