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Matching Jack (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 August 2010 (Australia)
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A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

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Nadia Tass

Writers:

Lynne Renew (story), Lynne Renew | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacinda Barrett ... Marissa
Richard Roxburgh ... David
Tom Russell ... Jack
James Nesbitt ... Connor
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Finn
Yvonne Strahovski ... Veronica
Colin Friels ... Professor Nelson
Julia Blake ... Cleo
Marg Downey Marg Downey ... Nurse Celia
Daniela Farinacci Daniela Farinacci ... Ange
Alexandra Schepisi ... Janice
Nicole Gulasekharam ... Kerry
Krista Vendy ... Angela
Jane Allsop ... Marianne
Jacinta Stapleton Jacinta Stapleton ... Madeline
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Storyline

A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontro com Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jacinda Barrett (Best Actress) and James Nesbitt (Best Actor) were both nominated for awards at the Milan International Film Festival in 2011. Matching Jack walked away with 3 awards that night: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay. See more »

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During Jack and Finn's boat trip, Jack is wearing a woolen, solid light gray hat. Back in the shack right after the trip, his hat is beige with a pattern. See more »

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"September'
Written by Paul Grabowsky
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Too serious a subject to trivialize.
24 May 2012 | by insomniaSee all my reviews

Films dealing with children struck down with a life-threatening disease can either be uplifting, or, as is the case with most of the films tackling this kind of emotionally-charged subject, become un-abashed tearjerkers. Jack Hagen (Tom Russell) a previously normal, healthy child falls ill and is diagnosed with leukaemia. There is a way to stave off this disease and that is to for the patient to have a bone marrow transplant. The snag is the donor's DNA must 'match' that of the patient, hence the film's title. Jack's parent's hope against hope that the surgeon Professor Nelson (Colin Friels) will find a donor whose DNA matches Jack's. The longer they have to wait, the more dangerous the situation becomes: something the mother refuses to acknowledge. It is then that Jack's mother Marissa (Jacinda Barrett) discovers that her husband, David (Richard Roxburgh) has been unfaithful, and not with just one woman, either. From that moment on, the film shows Jack's mother's frantic attempt to track down her husband's former lovers in the hope that he might have fathered an illegitimate child, and therefore would be the perfect 'match' for her son. To avoid "Matching Jack" becoming overly saccharine, the director Nadia Tass, along with first time writer Lynne Renew, have bent over backwards not to fall into that trap. Instead they have opted to introduce large chunks of levity into the film at the expense of empathy, and in so doing, have turned "Matching Jack" from being a serious, though not necessary boring, film about cancer, into one that is risible by anyone's definition. Two films that tackle the subject of children at risk from life-threatening diseases, without in any way being tedious or un-interesting, are "Life For Ruth" where a father refuses to let his child have a blood transfusion due to his religious beliefs, and "Lorenzo's Oil" – where a father finds a cure for a disease for which no cure is known. The director of "Matching Jack" could have made a film with a strong, social message. Sadly, she didn't.


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