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April 26, 2002
[Jeff's] gorgeous, fluid compositions, underlined by Neil Finn and Edmund McWilliams's melancholy music, are charged with metaphor, but rarely easy, obvious or self-indulgent.
April 26, 2002
Some of the visual flourishes are a little too obvious, but restrained and subtle storytelling, and fine performances make this delicate coming-of-age tale a treat.
April 26, 2002
A coming-of-age tale from New Zealand whose boozy, languid air is balanced by a rich visual clarity and deeply felt performances across the board.
April 25, 2002
Jeff's debut feature is a small masterpiece of atmosphere.
April 16, 2002
Two generations within one family test boundaries in this intelligent and restrained coming-of-age drama.
March 8, 2002
Lindberg demonstrates a remarkable sense of place, a keen understanding that emotions are boiled into a concentrate, not diluted, in the rural setting.
February 4, 2002
Though the story ... is hackneyed, the characters have a freshness and modesty that transcends their predicament.
January 4, 2002
Director Christine Jeffs' visual palette is hauntingly poetical, her spare use of dialogue a relentless composite of the film's constrictive atmosphere.
January 4, 2002
Fulford-Wierzbicki ... deftly captures the wise-beyond-her-years teen.
January 4, 2002
The overall result is an intelligent, realistic portrayal of testing boundaries.
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