Genevieve, a very sensible, creative and overachieving 17-year-old students in a respectable, middle class family, seems to be having the perfect ride, until her sanity spectacularly unravels in her first manic episode of Bipolar Disorder.
Truck driver Barry is forced to accept a new co-driver, the Dutch Moroccan Sadiq. During their international ride, the tension rises high in the cabin. Does a special friendship arise here or does it lead to an ultimate confrontation?
Set in the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry's (Rush) wedding. Reconnecting with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie) and Oliver's family, wife Charlotte (Otto) and daughter Hedvig (Young), he unearths a long-buried secret. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
'Hedvig' is the only character whose name remained exactly the same from the film's base text 'The Wild Duck'. Peterson's name also remained the same, except for a spelling change. See more »
When Hedvig returns the shotgun to the shed, the narrator says "She unlocks a safe and places the rifle inside". This is despite the fact that the narrator has referred to the gun as a 'shotgun' in all the previous scenes. See more »
Near flawless but not a ride for the faint of heart
Much has been said already; slick direction, outstanding performances from the entire cast, especially those we are unfamiliar with on the screen and a brilliant story, 140 years old, that cements as the bed rock. (Rush is quite deliciously understated).
I only have two objections. The editing style is unique (dialogue preceding the scene, or carrying over other parts that is not natural but interesting). However I feel the director relies on it too heavily, passing up the potential for good drama. This is especially noticeable in a confrontation between Sam Neill and Geoffrey Rush. The tension is passed over in favour of technique. An error.
The other objection is that the director claims the play 'Inspires' the screenplay. Despite the changes, it's the same story. It should be 'based upon'. Its an obvious flex of ego.
Minor points aside, this a top notch, captivating drama in all regards, showing the complexities of human relations, and that truth is not always the right option. Ah, the intricate web we often unintentionally weave.
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