The Turning Reviews
Yes, Down Under, drive on the other side of the road, whatever, but the humanity, the day to day, the life, the living, very much similar ... and too the longing for someplace foreign, or exotic, or someplace simply different: very much similar.
Jonathan Auf Der's 3 hours slice-o-life gives that perspective, insight, and warmly so, but you'll need to be prepared for that 3 hour sitdown, that's for sure.
If you haven't read the book, you will not know that certain characters reappear to different points in their lives which makes the whole thing impossible to follow as some sections seem entirely disposable.
The producers presumably share this worry as they have provided a book which lists which characters come back but as it's a bit dark in the cinema it's not much help.
So 17 directors, 17 casts, 17 snippets of just how grinding life in small town Australia (apparently it is all supposed to be set in one town) really is.
Someone described it as melancholic, but I'd suggest grinding and dull would fit better.
In case you wondered, the film with Cate Blanchett in looks like a first rehearsal for a stageplay it is so wooden. At one point I sweat the cast all looks at the direction for a clue about what is going on.
If you like Winton's writing you'll want to see it, but there aren't many other reasons.