This is one spiritedly maudlin and extremely flexible Ibsen adaptation. It is also kinda maybe sorta a bit of a soap opera. But emotionally harrowing in a way that is raw and not exactly frivolous. I am very much taken w/ how Paul Schneider's character seems to be the lead until we realize that he is nothing other than a thoroughly reprehensible catalyst. The movie is not exactly great, but the ending kinda is.
That's crazy - Aussies making the best dramas in the world!! Fantastic atmosphere and pace. Very emotional and tear-jerking. Camera, editing, sound, cast - exceptional. It's a feeling, like you are in the soft and intimate, but very sad and bleak dream, that was lost many years ago. But let's be fair - this movie is not for everyone. You must be deep in this genre and mood. 100%
I like the aesthetics and transitions.. I'm not sure I like things towards the conclusion. Though certain male characters were remarkably immature it's sort of refreshing to see something other than grim stoicism. A great cast so much so maybe 2 of the stars are purely for Sam Neill and Odessa Young who seem to be able to sell more convincing emotion in a look than the entire cast of some recent blockbusters.
Not the welcome affront to Australian filmmaking I was hoping for (it is still fairly tame) but beautifully paced and acted. Ultimately I don't feel Stone had the maturity or experience to deal with adapting the source material. The final 10 mins are naive and unrealistic.
This is fundamentally post-rock cinema; roaming camera and plentiful nature shots accompanied with Bradshaw's swelling and pretty score. Yet while I enjoyed basking in Stone's beautiful rural NSW, it's a shame the idyll must descend into the more contrived drama which indulges the misery pervasive in Aussie dramas. It's a well-acted character piece which shoots too far. 4 for the first hr, 2 for the last 30 mins