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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
Writer, Producer, and Director Belinda Chayko's inspiration to write this movie was two-fold: She had observed an uncle ill with Alzheimer's Disease and met a young girl in foster care. She said: "I was struck by the pain and the loss my uncle felt through the process of the disease. It was painful for him because he was aware, at times, that he was losing a sense of his identity. It was like he was grieving that. But he was also able to give us something, through his parallel reality he was able to shine a light on our reality at times, to cut through the crap, which was liberating. The young girl I met had built a hard shell around herself, to protect herself from the hurts she'd felt in the past. I started to think about what it would be like for a girl who never allows anyone to break through that shell, what kind of future would she have? Or, what might change for her if, at a key point in her life, she is able to experience being loved by someone unconditionally and profoundly. I didn't realize I'd written a film about the healing power of love until I was quite a long way into the script. But that's what it is. Both Doyle and Lou give each other the gift of love. For Doyle, it heals the hurts of the past, for Lou, it opens up her heart for the future." See more »
Ends in Tears
Written by Jason Matheson
Performed by Thujone
Courtesy of the family of Aryn Perger See more »
Nice Film That Ends Well
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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