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Unfinished Sky (2007)

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A gruff Australian farmer puts his own lonely life at risk in order to help a desperate refugee in director Peter Duncan's intimate rural drama. John (William McInnes) is the kind of man who likes his solitude. A man of habit whose best friend stands on four legs, John's volatile temperament makes it difficult for him to connect with most people. One morning, John is gazing out of his kitchen window when he spots a bloodied young woman stammering weakly towards his house. Instinctively, the farmer carries her into his home and begins tending to her massive wounds. Though John is unable to break the language barrier that will allow him to communicate openly with the woman, it is clear that she is terrified. Later driven by instinct to hide the woman when some unexpected visitors come knocking on his door, John decides against calling the police and does his best to aid her in her slow recovery. In the process John learns that the woman's name is Tahmeena (Monic Hendrickx). As Tahmeena's grasp of the English language takes hold, she and John begin to exchange stories: hers about being a refugee in Australia and his about being a widowed farmer just trying to keep the daily routine. Eventually, the outside world comes crashing down on the pair - threatening not just their growing bond, but their very lives as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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William McInnes
as John Waldring
Milo
as Elvis the Dog
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Critic Reviews for Unfinished Sky

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

An affecting character study for mature viewers.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

McInnes and Hendrickx spark off each other beautifully as lost souls who slowly form a bond.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
sbs.com.au

A solid adult drama which holds quite a bit of depth for a 90 min production.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Anchored by two outstanding performances, Unfinished Sky is an engaging and intriguing drama.

Full Review… | October 4, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Peter Duncan's remake of Dutch hit The Polish Bride is a small film with a big story to tell.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

This hysterically melodramatic climax marks it as a sure contender for worst Australian film of the year.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Unfinished Sky

I enjoyed this. The characters are compelling and the actors relate well to each other. The blackouts to show the passage of time annoyed me as did the quick resolution after the resolution (two endings really.) When McInnes shaves 3/4 way through the movie, I'm not sure I paid attention to the story much after. Both actors carry the movie on sheer beauty alone.

Barbara Collins
Barbara Collins
½

Between a 6/10 and 7/10, there are a couple of credibility gaps with the film's thriller resolution which prove mildly distracting but it's the delicate love story that lingers.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

This Australian drama is written and directed by Peter Duncan but it is actually kind of a remake of the 1998 Dutch film "De Poolse bruid". I am recommending it if you are not familiar with the Australian cinematography because somehow manages to gather everything important from it... The story about an outback farmer (William McInnes) who takes in an Afghani woman (Monic Hendrickx) after she escapes from a brothel is very touching one. The film takes on many themes - from human trafficking and the sex trade, hard life in the outback, to the corruption in police. Nominated for 10 Australian Film Institute Awards at its 2008 ceremony, it won three, including Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Monic Hendrickx) and Best Actor (William McInnes). Very smooth performance from one of my favourite actors made this film exceptional. I hope you'll have a chance to enjoy watching it, too!

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