Living in rural New South Wales, working-class single mother Rhia (Emily Barclay) is struggling to evade debt collectors and raise three young daughters. The eldest, and hardened beyond her...
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Living in rural New South Wales, working-class single mother Rhia (Emily Barclay) is struggling to evade debt collectors and raise three young daughters. The eldest, and hardened beyond her years, Lou (Lily Bell Tindley) blames Rhia for the departure of her father, who walked out ten months ago and hasn't been seen since. Mother-daughter relations hit bottom when Rhia takes in Doyle (Sir John Hurt), her father in-law, who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Doyle turns Lou's initial hostility around with exciting tales of his South Seas adventures. But coursing deepest in his mind are fractured memories of Annie, his late wife. Before long, Doyle "sees" Annie in Lou and imagines he is courting her all over again.Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Producer Helen Bowden said of Emily Barclay (Rhia): "Emily Barclay was a revelation. She's a fantastic actress and I've always loved her performances, but I couldn't imagine how much she would be able to bring another dimension to the character of Rhia that is so unexpected, and yet just so completely right. There was always a level of worry, leading up to filming, that audiences would judge Rhia harshly. Belinda was always concerned to ameliorate that kind of judgement of the character which is exactly what Emily's performance achieves." See more »
I enjoyed this Australian film starring the always-terrific John Hurt. It seemed like a more realistic portrait of a modern family than what you see in a majority of Hollywood films today. Lily Bell-Tindley plays Lou and is definitely a young actress to watch. Wonderful character portrayal and her eyes tell the story. Her intensity and talent reminds me of a current actress like Chloe Grace Moretz. This DVD will be coming to the United States on July 19, 2011 from Monarch Home Entertainment. Although the story takes place in Australian cane country, I believe the family situation is very relatable to American audiences. The subject matter deals with a family member with Alzheimers, but is not a completely depressing journey and ends well. Kudos to John Hurt for another fine performance. I recommend this film.
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