Jindabyne Reviews

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November 17, 2011
June 20, 2007
The movie's remaining revelations build slowly into a set of surprisingly powerful emotional beats.
June 8, 2007
A fish tale worth telling and worth hearing.
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 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
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.
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 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
[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 15, 2007
[Director] Lawrence certainly knows how to bait his audience with intriguing characters.
May 11, 2007
Easy to admire but considerably harder to enjoy.
May 11, 2007
Intelligent, superbly acted and finely observed, but Jindabyne suffers from too many extraneous elements and from a story that doesn't land with enough force or purpose.
May 11, 2007
It's hard not to admire the film's confidence in making the story its own, and Ms. Linney, a mix of iron will and emotional fragility, delivers her usual complex performance.
May 4, 2007
Too many extraneous elements have been added but at the movie's center lies the knotty story of a marriage poisoned by amorality.
May 4, 2007
Though Linney is the standout, short-shrift should not be given to the rest of the cast, whose roles might be smaller but they're the ones who add a little color to this otherwise dreary vista.
May 3, 2007
Jindabyne is wonderfully acted by Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne, two first-rate performers working close to the bone and concerned foremost with making an audience understand their characters, as opposed to merely liking them.
April 28, 2007
Jindabyne ends up shushing itself out of any emotional wallop. Restraint is a necessity if you're trying to express Carver's singular voice, but there's a difference between being quietly devastating and muting your narrative to death.
April 27, 2007
Gabriel Byrne is the fisherman who won't interrupt his trip; Laura Lin ney is the wife who finds his actions hard and, finally, horrifying to comprehend. And for the most part it works.
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