Jindabyne Reviews

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June 8, 2007
A tense and spare examination of how these married people relate to each other after years of pain, mistrust and secrets have taken their toll.
June 7, 2007
The frustration here is that none of this leads anywhere. Perhaps that is the point, that some mysteries are never solved, but Jindabyne could give us a little more to work with.
June 7, 2007
So slow, cold and aloof that it's almost off-putting. As a result, it's hard to care much about what happens to any of these characters.
June 7, 2007
Thanks to Beatrix Christian's beautiful screenplay, what was once a story about the way men and women communicate has grown into a haunting study of Australian race relations and gender dynamics.
June 2, 2007
The movie is beautifully shot, and succeeds in being deeply disturbing and mysterious, with richly achieved nuances of characterisation. I have seen it two or three times now, and each time it gets better.
June 2, 2007
June 2, 2007
A work of ambition and depth. Like Lantana, it is immaculately acted and Linney and Byrne are at their considerable best.
June 2, 2007
This kind of maturity and intelligence is all too infrequent in mainstream cinema -- let's hope it's not another six years until [director] Lawrence's next film.
June 1, 2007
Jindabyne loses its general sense of direction.
June 1, 2007
With its cold brilliance and delicate aloofness, this is a movie you can hold aloft to recognize and examine its many intellectual facets in hard light, but it will never make you feel anything.
May 30, 2007
Jindabyne uses Claire and Stewart's increasingly visible and vicious upset to get at broader social and political upsets.
May 25, 2007
Clearly, in his bid to repurpose Carver's story, Lawrence misses the writer's prevailing ethos: the sense of self-contained internal misery and that haunting quality of being hopelessly human.
May 25, 2007
The solid performances and central conflict keep the film consistently, if not constantly, compelling.
May 25, 2007
A great idea is weighed down by an over-egged screenplay, but the setting and cast bring out its best.
May 24, 2007
The seamless overall blend of involving domestic turmoil and haunted national self-questioning is quite some achievement.
May 18, 2007
An affecting character study, anchored by scraped-bare and often heartbreaking performances by Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne.
May 18, 2007
A rich, unsettling film that gives us insight into all sides and forces us to wrestle with conscience and our own brand of right and wrong. It polarizes us to make us united.
May 18, 2007
[Director] Lawrence's compelling little film pursues a deep question: why people make the choices that they do - and how they then live with those decisions, right or wrong, weak or strong.
May 18, 2007
The resolution Jindabyne eventually offers feels small and safe. The movie goes out with a whimper.
May 17, 2007
Thankfully, Linney and Byrne are so good, so absolutely mesmerizing, many of these flaws can be at least partially overlooked thanks to them.
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