JINDABYNE

Ray Lawrence’s follow-up to 2002’s LANTANA follows in that film’s footsteps in a curious way: where as that was an Altman-esque Aussie version of SHORT CUTS, this film is actually based on one of the Raymond Carver short stories that that film took as its source material (“So Much Water So Close to Home”). Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney are a couple living in the title town whose lives are rocked when Byrne and some friends go on a fishing expedition and wait for a whole weekend before reporting that they’ve found an Aboriginal girl murdered and laying in the lake. The uproar over their controversial decision (waiting to report it) overtakes the actual tragedy of her murder (at the hands of a mysterious truck driver). The film is slow and deep at two hours, but eventually involves you enough – if not as much as Lawrence’s previous film. A good, solid effort.

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