... the plot takes some unlikely turns along familiar romantic rough waters.
| Original Score: C+
I think maybe this movie was harvested before its time because, just like an oyster, it blows its juice too soon and then it's pretty much worthless after that.
| Original Score: 2/5
Writer-director Anna Reeves seems to expect an audience already proficient in marine biology and never clarifies any of the indecipherable mollusk jargon. Aw, shucks.
While her cast is talented, Reeves doesn't concentrate long enough on any plotline or character to build viewer interest.
| Original Score: 2/4
If only you could shuck away the humdrum shell of a story about a guy who steals money and hides out among the local river workers, you might have an interesting documentary about shellfish.
| Original Score: 2/4
Fails to overcome its hokey script and cliched characterizations.
There's just a little too much prettiness and plot to compete with all the eccentric behavior of the background population.
Love blooms when we least expect it to and we must be ready for it with open hearts and a willingness to step into the dark.
| Original Score: 4/5
This darkly humorous, sometimes even raunchy film mostly eludes a typical cutesy, feel-good formula.
| Original Score: 3/5
Something of an afterthought, but it's a lovely excursion while it lasts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A remarkably assured debut for writer/director Anna Reeves, whose characters have enough grit to turn an oyster into a pearl... The best Australian film of the year.
As an uplifting, enriching series of tableaux of village life in a remote part of the world that few of us will ever experience firsthand, it is never overplayed, but rather beautifully executed by director and cast alike.
A well-observed study of outsiders distinguished by precise performances from a well-cast ensemble.
Reeves' debut feature follows a meandering but scenic course, much like the serpentine Hawkesbury River that serves as its beautiful locale.
Anna Reeves' debut feature film, set in a breathtaking stretch of the Hawkesbury River, jumps from idea to idea like a kangaroo, but it's a charmer all the same.
| Original Score: 3/4
Reeves discovers an allegory for the ebb and flow of life in these uncertain times.
| Original Score: B-