Closed for Winter (2009)
Movie InfoTells the story of a woman's journey to overcome the events of the past and to find a way to move on. It is a story of dark secrets and the power of and celebration of letting go.
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Critic Reviews for Closed for Winter
When will Australian filmmakers finally catch up to the talent of their actors?
Closed For Winter, despite its best intentions, is an unrelenting downer.
Imbruglia seems quite capable of creating a credible and interesting screen character, but she's defeated by the material and the direction.
Audience Reviews for Closed for Winter
As this got some not so good reviews, I have not rushed to watch it. Yet another reminder of why not to listen to other peoples opinions!
Being an Australian film, I am doubly surprised it was as good as it was. True, it's not a laugh a minute, but the acting is wonderful and it is very true to life. There are no major changes by the end, and you never do find out what happened to Elise's sister (Her disappearance 20 years ago being the reason Elise and her mother have never moved on in their lives properly). But surprisingly I found it wasn't really important by the end. There is a small revelation on why she disappeared, but I found the how I could conclude for myself quite happily.
Elise is a quiet character who seems to settle a little in life. I found it refreshing that they didn't write it that by moving on she changes her job and dumps her boyfriend. Real life isn't like that and I loved that this was so realistic.
Natalie imbruglia is perfect as Elise, and also excellent were the two young girls who play the sisters in flashback.
Definitely one of the better Australian films out there.
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