Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Jindabyne”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2006. Color. Widescreen. 1 Disc. Rated R. Directed by Ray Lawrence.) Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness, John Howard, Leah Purcell. Music by Paul Kelly and Dan Luscombe.

Thoughtful adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story. It now takes place in Australia, as four white men on an annual fishing trip find an Aborigine girl’s body in a river. It’s too late in the day, and they’re too far in the wilderness, to hike back out to report the death. So they spend the day fishing and don’t return home until two days later…to the consternation of their families and neighbors. Most upset is (Claire) Linney, who’s forced to examine her true relationship with her husband (Byrne) and tries to make things right for the murdered girl’s family. Racial element is skillfully handled as two groups who normally have nothing to do with each other are forced to examine their feelings as a tragedy brings them together. Well done. Extras include deleted scenes and one making-of featurette.

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