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Jindabyne (2006)

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After four men on a fishing trip discover a dead body in the water, they choose to delay reporting it and continue fishing.

Director:

Ray Lawrence

Writers:

Beatrix Christian, Raymond Carver (short story "So Much Water So Close to Home")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Haywood ... Gregory
Tatea Reilly ... Susan
Laura Linney ... Claire
Sean Rees-Wemyss ... Tom
Gabriel Byrne ... Stewart Kane
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Jude
John Howard ... Carl
Eva Lazzaro ... Caylin-Calandria
Maya Daniels Maya Daniels ... Caylin-Calandria's Mother
Bob Baines ... Doctor #1
Max Cullen ... Terry
Stelios Yiakmis Stelios Yiakmis ... Rocco
Simon Stone ... Billy 'The Kid'
Victoria Allen Victoria Allen ... Girl at Garage
Leah Purcell ... Carmel
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Storyline

Jindabyne, in the southeast section of New South Wales, was moved to its current site from its original site upon the building of a hydroelectric dam, the resulting reservoir, Lake Jindabyne, which now sits atop the original townsite. Among its residents are a group of friends who socialize together: married Stewart and Claire, a service station owner/former race car driver and a pharmacist respectively, and their adolescent son Tommy; married Carl and Jude, who have been guardians to their adolescent granddaughter Caylin-Calandria, Tommy's friend and disruptive classmate, ever since her mother's passing; Rocco and his new aborigine girlfriend, Carmel, a teacher at Tommy and Caylin-Calandria's school; and young parents Billy and Elissa, Billy who works casually as a mechanic for Stewart. Despite Stewart and Claire loving each other, there has long been disharmony in their household. Claire left for eighteen months following Tommy's birth due to post-partum depression. Then, Stewart's ... Written by Huggo

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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 »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Irish | Aboriginal

Release Date:

20 July 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Duchy Jindabyne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,298, 29 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$399,879, 2 September 2007
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay is based on the short story "So much water so close to home" by American writer Raymond Carver. The song "Everything's Turning to White" by Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly was also inspired by Carver's story. 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.
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Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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The way that I love you
Composed by Paul Kelly
Written by Paul Kelly
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Promising story but ultimately unsatisfying
28 July 2006 | by AtomicAceSee all my reviews

There are similarities between Ray Lawrence's "Jindabyne" and his last movie "Lantana" – a dead body and its repercussions for already dysfunctional lives. But whereas "Lantana" offered some hope and resolution, "Jindabyne" leaves everything unresolved in a bleak way that will leave most viewers unsatisfied, perhaps even cheated.

The storyline - the aftermath of a fisherman's discovery of a corpse floating in a remote river - is based on a short story by Raymond Carver. It became an element in Robert Altman's classic 1993 ensemble "Short Cuts". Lawrence uses this theme for an exploration and exposition of relationships within a small Australian community under stress. The movie poses some moral questions "Would you let the discovery of a dead body ruin your good weekend?" and more poignantly for Australians "Would it make any difference if the dead person was an aboriginal?" The acting, especially by Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney, is commendable. And there are elements of mysticism reinforced by haunting music, not unlike "Picnic at Hanging Rock".

If all this sounds like the basis for a great movie - be prepared for a let down, the pace is very slow and the murder is shown near the beginning, thereby eliminating the element of mystery. And so we are left with these desolate lives and a blank finale.


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