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Living in rural New South Wales, working-class single mother Rhia (Emily Barclay) is struggling to evade debt collectors and raise three young daughters. The eldest, and hardened beyond her years, Lou (Lily Bell Tindley) blames Rhia for the departure of her father, who walked out ten months ago and hasn't been seen since. Mother-daughter relations hit bottom when Rhia takes in Doyle (Sir John Hurt), her father in-law, who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Doyle turns Lou's initial hostility around with exciting tales of his South Seas adventures. But coursing deepest in his mind are fractured memories of Annie, his late wife. Before long, Doyle "sees" Annie in Lou and imagines he is courting her all over again.Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Sir John Hurt said of Lily Bell Tindle's maturity and poise at only age twelve, that it was remarkable. He added: "Working with child actors is always a gamble, but the gamble paid off. She's a very bright twelve-year-old, and most receptive and eager to learn." See more »
Written by Olivia Waithe, Eliseus Joseph Jr and Julian Griffith
Performed by Livvi Franc See more »
another symptom of a film industry in trouble
This should never have been made. Even with the great John Hurt, it's reported 3 & half million budget (which would need box office returns in the area of 10:1 to break even) is irrecoverable. Creating more burnt investors and distributors who'll hesitate to touch an Australian film yet again...
Grim little "slice of life" film that even manages to flatten the lush landscape of Murwullinbah. OK performances and a script that feels like it's been put through the funding body wringer - no surprises, predictable events and story arc etc.
Reviewed as "Worthy" - i.e kiss of death. Should have been on TV .
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