Look Both Ways

on April 14, 2006 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
A disparate group of Australians tries to cope with tragedy, bad news and problematic relationships in this idiosyncratic, impressive debut, which deservedly won the critics' Discovery award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Using the backdrop of a devastating train crash that impacts on the film's protagonists, "Look Both Ways" takes a while to get going, beginning with an overly plotted premise and some clunky exposition. Soon, however, it finds its groove and develops into a well-rounded, funny and appealingly quirky drama. Its cast, too, makes its memorable mark -- most notably Justine Clarke as Meryl, an obsessive woman who anticipates disaster around every corner, and William McInnes as Nick, a photographer who discovers he has testicular cancer. What happens to them isn't predictable; neither is this likeable film. Starring William McInnes, Justine Clarke and Anthony Hayes. Directed and written by Sarah Watt. Produced by Bridget Ikin. A Kino release. Drama. Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material. Running time: 100 min
Tags: William McInnes, Justine Clarke, Anthony Hayes, Sarah Watt, Bridget Ikin, Kino, Drama, tragedy, idiosyncratic, obsessive, photographer

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