Jindabyne

Jindabyne

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Director: Ray Lawrence

Cast: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness

     
 
A family is touched by the shadows of hatred and violence in this Australian drama adapted from a short story by Raymond Carver. Stewart (Gabriel Byrne) and Claire (Laura Linney) are a married couple in their early fourties; Stewart runs a gas station while Claire looks after their son, Tom (Sean Rees-Wemyss

Overview

A family is touched by the shadows of hatred and violence in this Australian drama adapted from a short story by Raymond Carver. Stewart (Gabriel Byrne) and Claire (Laura Linney) are a married couple in their early fourties; Stewart runs a gas station while Claire looks after their son, Tom (Sean Rees-Wemyss). Tom has been grounded for the weekend after killing a small animal with his friend Caylin (Eva Lazzaro), and Claire keeps an eye on him while Stewart goes off on a fishing trip with his pals Carl (John Howard), Rocco (Stelios Yiakmis), and Billy (Simon Stone). After arriving at their favorite fishing spot, Stewart finds the naked body of a woman floating down the river; unbeknownst to him, Gregory (Chris Haywood), an elderly man riddled with racial hatred, killed Susan (Tatea Reilly), a young woman of Aboriginal heritage, and dumped her body in the water. Believing they wouldn't be able to drive to town to report finding the body and get back to make camp before nightfall, Stewart decides to wait until morning to contact the police, and ties a line to the corpse so it won't float away. The next morning, Stewart and his friends decide not to spoil their trip and spend the day fishing; they don't contact the police until after they return home on Monday. Stewart's callous actions cast an ugly light on himself, his friends, and his family, and Claire finds herself implicated in the crime through Stewart's poor judgment. Named for an Aboriginal word for a valley, Jindabyne received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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Jindabyne was marketed as the latest in an eerie genre that's more familiar to Aussie audiences than their overseas counterparts. In these films, inspired in part by native legend, the Australian topography itself has a mystical power that's responsible for a variety of disquieting occurrences. But Jindabyne is much more earthbound than it appears. Director Ray Lawrence uses the film's central murder less as a dictator of tone than as an entry point to exploring the social repercussions of that murder. And here's where the film finds a true originality, resting its gaze on a handful of "suspects" who are guilty of a crime for which there is no legal punishment (except on the series finale of Seinfeld): indifference. The viewer watches as the four fishing buddies reach a fairly innocuous conclusion about why they should wait to report the body, a rationalization along the lines of "she'll still be dead on Monday." Little do they realize the ways this decision will haunt them, and Lawrence follows those snowballing consequences down logical, interesting, and heretofore unconsidered paths. Where Jindabyne goes a bit astray is by trying to invest the same level of gravitas in its subplots, particularly the one involving Laura Linney's American wife to Gabriel Byrne's de facto trip leader. Without a stronger connection to the main story, and with too gradual an explanation for her erratic behavior, Linney's character arc seems like it's out to hijack the narrative. But this is a relatively small complaint amid numerous strengths, including themes that burrow to the very heart of the strained relationship between the native Aboriginal population and Australia's white ruling class. Viewers should expect nothing less of Lawrence, whose Lantana also maturely dissected human weaknesses of both the overt and covert variety.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
UPC:
0043396183964
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Making of Jindabyne

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Linney Claire
Gabriel Byrne Stewart
Deborra-Lee Furness Jude
John Howard Carl
Leah Purcell Carmel
Stelios Yiakmis Rocco
Alice Garner Elissa
Simon Stone Billy
Betty Lucas Vanessa
Chris Haywood Gregory
Eva Lazzaro Caylin-Calandria
Sean Rees-Wemyss Tom
Tatea Reilly Susan
Max Cullen Actor
Charles "Bud" Tingwell Actor

Technical Credits
Ray Lawrence Director
Phillipa Bateman Executive Producer
Garry Charny Executive Producer
Beatrix Christian Screenwriter
Peter Grace Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine Jarman Producer
Paul Kelly Score Composer
Dan Luscombe Score Composer
Susie Maizels Casting
Andrew Plain Sound/Sound Designer
Karl Sodersten Editor
David Williamson Cinematographer
Margot Wilson Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jindabyne
1. Car Trouble [5:20]
2. Quiet Morning [3:40]
3. Feeling Alone [2:42]
4. Slight Scare [4:06]
5. Family Problem [3:39]
6. House Bound [3:02]
7. Old Friends [5:10]
8. Gone Fishing [4:31]
9. Open Space [4:59]
10. River Catch [4:40]
11. Girls' Night [5:04]
12. Secret Spot [3:54]
13. Trip Report [3:59]
14. Swim Session [3:17]
15. Morning News [4:13]
16. Finding Facts [3:31]
17. Clearing Rumors [3:21]
18. Making Headlines [1:59]
19. Life Choices [3:47]
20. Leaving a Mark [5:15]
21. Please Help [3:35]
22. Trouble in the Mountains [4:07]
23. Making a Connection [4:54]
24. The Water's Lovely [6:41]
25. Driving Hazard [4:56]
26. Left Again [2:37]
27. Soul Respect [9:47]
28. Big Threat [6:25]

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Jindabyne 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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JINDABYNE is a disturbing, somber little film from Australia - a film with profound observations about ethics, racism, the fragility of marriage, the vulnerability of children's minds, and the desperate need for respect for beliefs and peoples outside the mainstream. Beatrix Christian adapted the screenplay from one of Raymond Carver's brilliant short stories, 'So Much Water So Close to Home': it has been said that Carver had 'the ability to render graceful prose from dreary, commonplace, scrapping-the-bottom human misery' and this story embodies all of those traits. As directed by Ray Lawrence with a cast of excellent actors, JINDABYNE will likely become a classic movie - if enough people will take the time and commitment to see it. In a small town called Jindabyne in Australia a group of four men depart their families for a fishing trip: Stewart Kane (Gabriel Byrne), Carl (John Howard), Rocco (Stelios Yiakmis) and Billy (Simon Stone). While fly fishing in the back country, Stewart discovers the nude, murdered body of a dead Aboriginal girl Susan (Tatea Reilly) floating in the water, calls his buddies to witness the ugly act, and together they decide to wait until their fishing trip is over before reporting it. When the men return home, concerned and embarrassed about their actions as they report to the police, the town is outraged at their thoughtless behavior. Yet more outraged are the wives of the men - Carl's wife Jude (Deborra-Lee Furness), Rocco's mate Carmel (Leah Purcell), Billy's 'wife' Elissa (Alice Garner) and, most of all, Stewart's wife Claire (Laura Linney) - a woman with a history of mental instability for whom her husband's insensitivity becomes intolerable. Claire sets out to 'right' things with the Aboriginal tribe who are devastated at the murder and the disregard for another human being's life that the fishermen have demonstrated. The town and the families (including children) are fractured by the deed - and the strange aspect is that no one appears concerned to discover the murderer, the greater 'crime' has been against human decency. In a powerfully moving final memorial for the dead girl every one is forced to face the dirty aspects of the recent events and come to a degree of understanding and acceptance. Filmed in the beauty of the Australian countryside with camera technique that feels intimate and almost spying in nature, the story unfolds so naturally that the audience is made to feel a part of the dilemma at hand. The acting is first rate: Laura Linney once again proves she is one of our finest actresses, and Gabriel Byrne makes his odd character wholly believable. The supporting cast (especially the women) is outstanding. This is a sleeper of a film that deserves a wide audience, an audience ready to commit to thinking and reacting to an act and subsequent public response that, while difficult to swallow, is essential information if we are to exist in the society we have created. Highly recommended. Grady Harp