In its stunning visual exploration of the New South Wales landscape and the community of the titular town, Lawrence seems to recall the breathtaking imagery of Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, a seminal film from Down Under. In addition, he has assembled a consummate cast. Besides Byrne, Laura Linney also excels as his outraged wife, and there is an impressive contribution from Deborra-Lee Furness (Hugh Jackman's partner).
is such an unusually gripping experience that some may reach its conclusion feeling slightly cheated by its somewhat inconclusive ending. Make allowances because there's no denying its technical bravado and the haunting power of its subject.
Distributor: Sony Classics
Cast: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Chris Haywood and Deborra-Lee Furness
Director: Ray Lawrence
Screenwriter: Beatrix Christian
Producer: Catherine Jaman
Rating: R for disturbing images, language and some nudity
Running time: 120 min.
Release date: April 27, 2007 NY/LA