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Shot very well in the seaside town of Semaphore in Adelaide's North the story could have been excellent but with confusing flashbacks & very poorly written script this film just sank.
I think it was a good story on its own but the final delivery was slow & dull. Other than some nice photography there is little to praise of the film.
Being an Australian film, I am doubly surprised it was as good as it was. True, it's not a laugh a minute, but the acting is wonderful and it is very true to life. There are no major changes by the end, and you never do find out what happened to Elise's sister (Her disappearance 20 years ago being the reason Elise and her mother have never moved on in their lives properly). But surprisingly I found it wasn't really important by the end. There is a small revelation on why she disappeared, but I found the how I could conclude for myself quite happily.
Elise is a quiet character who seems to settle a little in life. I found it refreshing that they didn't write it that by moving on she changes her job and dumps her boyfriend. Real life isn't like that and I loved that this was so realistic.
Natalie imbruglia is perfect as Elise, and also excellent were the two young girls who play the sisters in flashback.
Definitely one of the better Australian films out there.
The story does move a little slow but I think this works well with the complex story line and helps the viewer take everything in.
Also, its always great to see local backdrops with this film shot in Semaphore, Grange and Woodville.
One star for the story, two stars for Natalie Imbruglia's beauty!
Natalie Imbruglia is a good actress too.