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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 (See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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.

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Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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

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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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