|Linney and Byrne shine in Lawrence's celebrated film.|
Directed by Ray Lawrence
Produced by Catherine Jarman
Written by Beatrix Christian (from a Raymond Carver story)
Starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne
Plot Summary: After a group of men find a corpse on a fishing trip, their mistake haunts their homes and community.
Significance: Often cited as one of Australia’s finest movies in recent years, the film was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Film. Among other prizes, it also won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at the Stockholm Film Festival.
Thoughts: Perhaps better known for the masterful dramatic thriller Lantana, Ray Lawrence’s minimalistic approach is all over this Raymond Carver adaptation. It’s a potboiler that’s both humanistic and at times removed from its characters. Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne give great performances, but the film has a tendency to wander at its own, often sluggish, pace. Structurally, I admire it, though it could’ve been more effective. I’d recommend Lantana over this, but Jindabyne is hardly a bad film - just an uneven one.