Joe Cinque's Consolation Reviews

August 25, 2018
Dounoukos's project with the film adaptation [of Helen Garner's book] seems apparent: to give [the real life Anu] Singh a more ethically complex position within the [true crime] story.
November 20, 2017
[Consolation] is a dark and thought-provoking film that will linger with you long after the credits roll.
September 15, 2017
The crime itself are like a train wreck in slow motion-you can see the crash about to happen, and yet you can't look away.
July 19, 2017
Perhaps it's not possible to translate the gonzo narrator, leading us into a dark-edged forest and getting lost with us, to cinema. Perhaps the material really cried out for a documentary treatment.
February 23, 2017
Fares best as a careful portrait of a woman unravelling in an extreme manner.
January 1, 2017
A misanthropist's delight, this unflattering portrait of Australian society truly gets under the skin.
November 17, 2016
A movie that disturbs and fascinates in equal measure about the corruption of accountability within a community infested by a culture of death.
October 13, 2016
...an unconventional mystery...
October 13, 2016
If the story wasn't true you'd dismiss the fiction as ludicrous ... Low-key, adult, disturbing and compelling.
October 13, 2016
In the end, the success of Joe Cinque's Consolation rests almost entirely on the shoulders of its lead actress, Wentworth's Maggie Naouri.
October 13, 2016
To the extent that they went in search of an honourable ambiguity, they have succeeded, but there may have been a stronger, more complex film in staying close to Garner's book.
October 13, 2016
Naming the film after the book seems to me a rather cynical exercise in brand association - moreso considering Garner herself was not involved, did not attend the premiere, and seems to have distanced herself from the film.
October 12, 2016
The middle-class undergraduate mentality of the 1990s is convincingly recreated, and the viewer can't help asking if they themselves would have been clear-headed enough to intervene.
October 12, 2016
The best stretches of the film can leave a scattered trail of scars on the memory.
October 10, 2016
Eliminating all the complexities that could make the film a gripping ride into a singular aspect the human psyche as well as a fascinating glimpse into the limitations of our justice system, Dounoukos has drained the film of its potential impact
October 7, 2016
Jerome Meyer and Maggie Naouri are terrific as Joe and Anu, heading a little-known cast that rises to grapple with this draining drama.