Newly arrived in an up-market housing development, quiet ten-year-old Devon doesn’t quite fit in. Ignoring the urgings of her social-climbing father, Devon chooses the company of Trent, who mows the estate’s lawns, rather than of the girls her own age. Their friendship grows during her visits to his trailer home, but although it is completely innocent it is obvious that it would be unacceptable to the residents if they found out. —IMDb
John Duigan, (born 19 June 1949 in Hampshire, England, UK) is an Australian film director. Duigan emigrated to Australia in 1961, having been born to an Australian father. He is related to many Australian performers, being the brother of Virginia Duigan (wife of director Bruce Beresford) and uncle of Trilby Beresford.
Duigan has directed 23 films, including Romero, Lawn Dogs, The Parole Officer, Sirens, and Head in the Clouds. He intended his magnum opus to be The Danny Embling Trilogy, three films centered around the character Danny Embling, an artistic youth growing up in 1960s Australia whose life is influenced by the socially changing world around him and a series of doomed love affairs. The first two films in the series were the critically acclaimed The Year My Voice Broke, and Flirting, both of which won the Australian Film Institute awards for best picture the years they were released.
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Let me start of by saying that the acting in this film is downright wonderful, the scenes between Sam Rockwell and Mischa Barton are engrossing, I couldn't take my eyes off of them. I think the whole cast is just as good. Heartbreaking, beautiful and honest, this film had so many great scenes, many left me smiling. I don't understand how I let this gem slip by all these years. I must check out more of John Duigan's films out.
Something about this movie has just always given me some sort of....chills. The ending was so beautiful and wrong and fucked up and just so....well I can't explain it and I can't explain all the things I love about this film, but it's just so amazingly good and nobody really knows about it. Been a favorite of mine since I was probably about 9 or 10, even when I barely understood it, though I understood a LOT.
I saw this when I was 16, and got a masive crush on Sam Rockwell's character. Somewhat disturbingly, I was far closer to the age of Mischa's character at the time! Still, it's a good little film, and I loved the fairy tale elements and the bonds of friendship.