6.3/10
5,945
116 user 76 critic

Jindabyne (2006)

Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(short story "So Much Water So Close to Home"),

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lantana (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney.

Director: Ray Lawrence
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Rachael Blake
Morning II (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Five days in the life of an American couple immediately following the accidental death of their child. An every day story of tragedy, loss, acceptance, hope and renewal. 'Morning' follows ... See full summary »

Director: Leland Orser
Stars: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leland Orser, Laura Linney
The Boys (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

Director: Rowan Woods
Stars: David Wenham, Toni Collette, Lynette Curran
Lush (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Among the rich in New Orleans, it's the lush life for Lionel Exley, a golf hustler and heavy drinker. Released from an Arkansas jail, "Ex" returns to the Big Easy and starts a friendship ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Gibson
Stars: Campbell Scott, Laura Linney, Jared Harris
Wild Iris (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A depressed woman battles with her mother and abuses alcohol following the suicide of her husband.

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Laura Linney, Emile Hirsch
Maze (2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An artist with Tourette Syndrome falls in love with his best friend's pregnant girlfriend.

Director: Rob Morrow
Stars: Rob Morrow, Laura Linney, Craig Sheffer
Little Fish (2005)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman (Blanchett) trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.

Director: Rowan Woods
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving
Kokoda (2006)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.

Director: Alister Grierson
Stars: Jack Finsterer, Travis McMahon, Simon Stone
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.

Director: Jeremy Brock
Stars: Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Julie Walters
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young actor from Texas tries to make it in New York while struggling in his relationship with a beautiful singer/songwriter.

Director: Ethan Hawke
Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Laura Linney, Mark Webber
P.S. (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An unfulfilled divorced woman gets the chance to relive her past when she meets a young man who appears to be her high school sweetheart who died many years before.

Director: Dylan Kidd
Stars: Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Marcia Gay Harden
Bliss (1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a near-death experience, a man wonders if he actually did die and is now in Hell.

Director: Ray Lawrence
Stars: Barry Otto, Lynette Curran, Helen Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gregory
...
Susan
...
Claire
Sean Rees-Wemyss ...
Tom
...
...
Jude
...
Carl
Eva Lazzaro ...
Caylin-Calandria
Maya Daniels ...
Caylin-Calandria's Mother
...
Doctor #1
...
Terry
Stelios Yiakmis ...
...
Victoria Allen ...
Girl at Garage
Leah Purcell ...
Edit

Storyline

Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they continue fishing and report their gruesome find days later. Stewart's wife Claire is the last to find out. Deeply disturbed by her husband's action, her faith in her relationship with Stewart is shaken to the core. She wants to understand and tries to make things right. In her determination to help the victim's family Claire sets herself not only against her own family and friends but also those of the dead girl. Her marriage is taken to the brink and her peaceful life with Stewart and their young son hangs in the balance. The story of a murder and a marriage - a film about the things that haunt us. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In Australia, the town of Jindabyne is about to face a moment of truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

20 July 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Duchy Jindabyne  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$656,650 (Australia) (21 July 2006)

Gross:

$399,879 (USA) (2 September 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD censored)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gabriel Byrne accidentally stepped on a Brown Snake, one of the world's deadliest, while walking through the bush one day on the set. If he'd stepped on the other end he'd have been bitten. Gabriel Byrne told the director Ray Lawrence that he was almost killed, to which Lawrence replied: "No worries mate. You would have had 24 hours..." See more »

Goofs

The telephone number on the door of Gregory's, the electrician, Land Rover starts with '70'. This cannot be a Jindabyne telephone number as they start with '64' in that part of N.S.W., Australia. (Note that the code '70' is a special prefix for movie use. It is issued by the Australian Media and Communications Aurtority). See more »

Quotes

Top Cop: We don't step over bodies in order to enjoy our leisure activities. You're a pack of bloody idiots. I'm ashamed of you. The whole town's ashamed of you.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The way that I love you
Composed by Paul Kelly
Written by Paul Kelly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Murder and Its Implications on a Town and Families
3 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

JINDABYNE is a disturbing, somber little film from Australia - a film with profound observations about ethics, racism, the fragility of marriage, the vulnerability of children's minds, and the desperate need for respect for beliefs and peoples outside the mainstream. Beatrix Christian adapted the screenplay from one of Raymond Carver's brilliant short stories, 'So Much Water So Close to Home': it has been said that Carver had 'the ability to render graceful prose from dreary, commonplace, scrapping-the-bottom human misery' and this story embodies all of those traits. As directed by Ray Lawrence with a cast of excellent actors, JINDABYNE will likely become a classic movie - if enough people will take the time and commitment to see it.

In a small town called Jindabyne in Australia a group of four men depart their families for a fishing trip: Stewart Kane (Gabriel Byrne), Carl (John Howard), Rocco (Stelios Yiakmis) and Billy (Simon Stone). While fly fishing in the back country, Stewart discovers the nude, murdered body of a dead Aboriginal girl Susan (Tatea Reilly) floating in the water, calls his buddies to witness the ugly act, and together they decide to wait until their fishing trip is over before reporting it.

When the men return home, concerned and embarrassed about their actions as they report to the police, the town is outraged at their thoughtless behavior. Yet more outraged are the wives of the men - Carl's wife Jude (Deborra-Lee Furness), Rocco's mate Carmel (Leah Purcell), Billy's 'wife' Elissa (Alice Garner) and, most of all, Stewart's wife Claire (Laura Linney) - a woman with a history of mental instability for whom her husband's insensitivity becomes intolerable. Claire sets out to 'right' things with the Aboriginal tribe who are devastated at the murder and the disregard for another human being's life that the fishermen have demonstrated. The town and the families (including children) are fractured by the deed - and the strange aspect is that no one appears concerned to discover the murderer, the greater 'crime' has been against human decency. In a powerfully moving final memorial for the dead girl every one is forced to face the dirty aspects of the recent events and come to a degree of understanding and acceptance.

Filmed in the beauty of the Australian countryside with camera technique that feels intimate and almost spying in nature, the story unfolds so naturally that the audience is made to feel a part of the dilemma at hand. The acting is first rate: Laura Linney once again proves she is one of our finest actresses, and Gabriel Byrne makes his odd character wholly believable. The supporting cast (especially the women) is outstanding. This is a sleeper of a film that deserves a wide audience, an audience ready to commit to thinking and reacting to an act and subsequent public response that, while difficult to swallow, is essential information if we are to exist in the society we have created. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


25 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?