The Crossing (1990)
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A young woman makes a difficult choice and becomes an adult in this Australian melodrama. The young woman is Meg, a small-town girl who has fallen in love with Sam. Their relationship is threatened when Sam decides to head for the big city to work on his career, and she elects to stay in familiar surroundings. After Sam leaves, she finds herself involved with Sam's buddy, Johnny. The trouble really begins when Sam abruptly returns during the town's Anzac Day celebrations. He tries to woo her back, but she publicly rejects Sam. Despite this, Meg is also not sure she wants to stay with Johnny even though a rumor is circulating that she and he are to be married. She is further tempted by Peg, a local waitress with a reputation, who wants Meg to forget about the two suitors and head for the city with her where they can both find better lives. Meanwhile Sam and Johnny have become arch rivals as they vie for her affection. The bored townsfolk continually egg them on. The rivalry climaxes with a dangerous car chase which ends in a draw. Though Sam decides to bow out, the trouble is not yet over and before the evening's end, one of the young men will lose his life protecting the other. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi … More
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Little better than a romance comic book but for some arty shots thrown in for taste, this is best representative as a look into small town Australian life. The story: the hunk who left the monotony and intrusiveness of said small town returns for the woman he left behind only to discover she's knocking boots with his former best bud. Will the old girlfriend take back the mug who left, or stay with the local guy? For color the confrontation happens on what I took as Memorial Day for Australians (Anzac Day), where old soldiers are remembered for their duty, and that's when the core of that small town life is revealed as empty except for going to the local bar and drinking, and talk about everyone else in town. Seemed pretty bleak to me (but also true about a lot of American small town life). So its a denunciation of that small town life in the main, with the problem about the romance the teaser to involve us, which it barely does. Russell Crowe's big screen entrance though.
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