Thursday, June 7, 2007

Jindabyne

Posted on Thu, Jun 7, 2007 at 4:00 AM

****
Jindabyne
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Rated: R
Cast: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne
Director: Ray Lawrence
WorkNameSort: Jindabyne
Our Rating: 4.00
Short-story writer Raymond Carver may be the best America has ever produced, so it's a mystery why his work largely has been ignored by U.S. filmmakers; Robert Altman's Short Cuts, an adaptation of several of Carver's stories, is the most notable exception. Australian director Ray Lawrence takes Carver's 'So Much Water So Close to Homeâ?� as the source material for Jindabyne and transports the action from U.S. suburbia to a small bush town in the Snowy Mountains. It's there that four male friends discover a murdered Aborigine girl's body during a weekend fishing trip and don't report it for two days in order to get some fishing in first. Thanks to Beatrix Christian's beautiful screenplay, what was once a story about the way men and women communicate has grown into a haunting study of Australian race relations and gender dynamics. What it reveals is a country still unwilling to discuss the atrocities it inflicted upon its indigenous people, but it also offers the promise of reconciliation if and hopefully when the Western-dominated culture decides to openly acknowledge its sins and ask for forgiveness.

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