Look Both Ways (2006)



Critic Consensus: With animated sequences adding imaginative quirkiness to the mix, this movie about death and disaster is insightful, empathic, and more uplifting than one would think.

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Preoccupation with disasters and a growing sense of mortality threaten to derail the growing relationship between the witness of a train accident and the reporter sent to interview her in this daring drama from emerging Australian filmmaker Sarah Watt. As the weekend draws near, three troubled souls find themselves faced with pivotal, potentially life-changing events. Though the death of her father still looms heavily in her mind, Meryl (Justine Clark) is forced to cut short her bereavement in order to focus on a work-related deadline. While reporter Nick (William McInnes) awaits the prognosis after being informed that he has testicular cancer, his photographer Andy (Anthony Hayes) is preoccupied with his girlfriend's unplanned pregnancy. When a train crashes and Meryl is the sole witness to the horrifying event, Nick and Andy are sent to interview her, sparking an unusual affair between the grieving witness and the troubled reporter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material)
Comedy , Drama
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Tamara Lees
as Policewoman
Andreas Sobik
as Train Driver
Mary Kostakidis
as SBS Newsreader
Rob Hoad
as Rob
Leon Teague
as Doctor
Jacquelyne Willcox
as Current Affairs Reporter
Tamara Lee
as Policewoman
Irene Dangov
as Train Driver's Wife
Jacquelynne Willcox
as Current Affairs Reporter
Oliver Gilbert
as Jasmine, 'Jas'
Alex Rafalowicz
as Train Driver's Son
Violet Gilbert
as Phil's Toddler
Olive Gilbert
as Jasmine
Jordan Leovic
as Oliver
Joshua Clarke
as Boy In Wheelchair
Alirio Zavarce
as Smoking Cricketer
Craig Behenna
as Cricket Captain
Taimi Allan
as Pregnant Mother
Eliza Lovell
as Scared Mother
Carmel Johnson
as Charge Nurse
Rocky Feo
as Father of Sick Child
Aaron March
as Dinner Guest
Annie Lindner
as Dinner Guest
Daniel Whyte
as Dinner Guest
Evan Branford
as Teenager
Joe Weber
as Milk Bar Man
Irena Dangov
as Train Driver's Wife
Craig Behenna
as Cricket Captain
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Critic Reviews for Look Both Ways

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (25)

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

While [director Sarah] Watt begins to offer an interesting study in paranoia, tinged with some good comic moments, her multi-stranded plot and last-minute recourse to romance ultimately lost the interest of this viewer.

Full Review… | August 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A black-humored screenplay, realistic performances, eye-catching artwork, and a few creative turns on some well-worn themes.

Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Filled with aloof and confused characters just treading water, and even if they are likable, it eventually becomes tiresome. It's like one big pity party.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

How each person copes with trauma and renewal adds up to a tender tale rich in memorable performances.

June 16, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Look Both Ways

On the way home from her father's funeral, Meryl(Justine Clarke), an artst, imagines many scenes of catastrophe before witnessing a man being hit by a train, chasing after his dog. Covering the story for the local newspaper is Nick(William McInnes), a photographer, who has just been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Regardless, Andy(Anthony Hayes), a graduate of the Oliver Stone School of Journalism, complains to his editor, Phil(Andrew S. Gilbert), about the photo that is used with his story. In any case, Andy has more important things to worry about like his girlfriend Anna(Lisa Flanagan) being pregnant. I'll give "Look Both Ways" this much. It sure is different with occasional animated interludes but the shark in the pool is a little too obvious. Plus, I admire its willingness to tackle difficult subjects. Sadly, it never quite comes together as it goes from one extreme to another. And the movie also has an alarming lack of focus on characters who even when dealing with extremely important crises somehow also seem very self-involved at the same time, especially Meryl whose moroseness is inferred might originate more from her loneliness than anything else. Or maybe commuter trains in Australia have a very poor safety record, as there are many shots of people walking calmly along train tracks.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A deeply affecting film from first time Australian director Sarah Watt, who also wrote the screen play and did some of the animation. It is about death, and family, and career, and loneliness, and loving, and friendship. In short, it is about life. Terrific actors, a dynamite script, and characters one can identify with brought the story to life for this viewer. Justine Clark as Meryl, a struggling artist, and William McInness as Nick, a photojournalist who has just received devestating news, bear special mention. I watched it twice and found it just as deeply moving both times. Hard to believe this was a first time effort.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Another small budget "feels good to be down" kinda indie. The movie lifts its audience by letting us see the cast overcome their difficulties. Enjoyed it.

Kervin Smith
Kervin Smith

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