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The Turning (2013)

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A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton.

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All Critics (13) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (1)

Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne desperate housewives down under. And as much an ordeal for admittedly clueless audiences unfamiliar with the source material as for the characters. But for those with patience, the periodic pleasures of these bracing yarns.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Ambition shines through every frame of The Turning.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

Who knew that the next great Australian film would actually be a constellation of 17 smaller ones? It's not easy viewing but it is beautiful viewing.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The work creates its own rhythms and moods, and weaves a rich tapestry of human experience that keeps us engaged. That is the film's achievement

October 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film's striking landscape is like a winding road that links the thoughts, ideas and senses evoked by Tim Winton's stories as themes of regret, guilt and renewal wind their way through the diverse narratives

October 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A bold and visionary cinema project, that evokes the Australian landscape with a collection of nostalgic haunted and very real characters.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

A sumptuous film that encapsulates a broad emotional spectrum within the Australian experience

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Disjointed and unsatisfying. While some stories soar - the titular vignette is stirring and beautiful - too many others fall flat or get lost in the search for profundity as characters spend an inordinate amount of time staring into the middle distance.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

A work that maintains a remarkably consistent tone throughout - one of melancholy, regret, and longing.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

While The Turning didn't fully satisfy my cinematic appetite, at least it's bold enough to be different. I'm glad to have seen it.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

An admirably ambitious endeavour, which shines with talent on both sides of the camera, but may prove testing due to its sprawling length.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A tighter adaptation of Winton's book, helmed by one, possibly two filmmakers, would have sufficed. As a collective, it feels weighed down by its own remit.

September 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

The magical thing about Tim Winton's The Turning is how consistently good it is. That it occasionally touches greatness makes it miraculous.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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Audience Reviews for The Turning

The problem with Australia (and all of the West for that matter) is the media portrayal of those places as foreign or exotic or someplace simply different from other Western countries (which they are obviously) when in fact nowadays the similarities outweigh the differences by far, and surprisingly so. Herein a collection of short films about Australian life and perspective, quietly intelligent, that underscore that point exactly.
Yes, Down Under, drive on the other side of the road, whatever, but the humanity, the day to day, the life, the living, very much similar ... and too the longing for someplace foreign, or exotic, or someplace simply different: very much similar.
Jonathan Auf Der's 3 hours slice-o-life gives that perspective, insight, and warmly so, but you'll need to be prepared for that 3 hour sitdown, that's for sure.
March 8, 2014
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