Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: April 27, 2007
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MichaelE.Jun 15, 2007
First the good: we get a typically strong performance by Laura Linney . Some of the scenes are good, but it takes most of the movie before we get anything like a sense of drama between the chaarcters. I've seen some people complain First the good: we get a typically strong performance by Laura Linney . Some of the scenes are good, but it takes most of the movie before we get anything like a sense of drama between the chaarcters. I've seen some people complain about the photography (all in natural light), but that is actually one of the film's true charms. The subplot about racism is heavy-handed and obvious, a far deviation from the Carver source material that hurts the story instead of adding to it. The film has to be jammed with padding to make a full two hours and some of this padding, like the lingering shots of the Australian countryside (which could be interpreted as sentimental, also working against the film's points) is painfully obvious. Jindabyne certainly does not compare favorably with the version in Robert Altman's Short Cuts from 13 years ago. Some of the scenes exist in both versions, and those analog scenes in Jindabyne are far too similar to the original. Somehow I doubt we'll be talking about this one in a year. Expand
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