Japanese Story (2004)

Japanese Story
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Adult themes, low level sex scene, low level coarse language

Director: Sue Brooks
Actor: Toni Collette

A feisty Australian geologist (Sandy) lands the unwanted task of showing a Japanese businessman (Hiromitsu) around the mines and deserts of the Pilbara, with a view to selling his company the unique geology software she has been developing. Hiromitsu meanwhile, mistakes her as his driver, and demands they trek to the desert, blissfully unaware of the dangers. Against the background of this elemental Australian landscape, these two strangers journey further and further into the West Australian desert, leaving more and more of what they know about each other and themselves behind.

DVD
Status: Normal
Run time: 100mins
Origin: AUSTRALIA
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Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 2.0
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Member Reviews (104)

Faulty disc sent multiple times.
Posted Friday, 3 January 2014 See my other reviews
Far too drawn out and not really sure what they were trying to say...of course there is a huge cultural difference between Australia and Japan not but it almost made the guy out to be an alien...The scenery is stunning but even that wasn't filmed well.
Posted Friday, 29 November 2013 See my other reviews
Margaret
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Lovely shots of Australia. Wonderful movie and Toni done it proud. I did enjoy it. A good Australia movie.
Posted Friday, 8 November 2013 See my other reviews
Annie S
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A lovely heartfelt story. One may believe the ending to be a bit long but it gave Toni Collette a chance to really exhibit her acting skills and it was lovely to see her meeting his wife. Simple but lovely.
Posted Wednesday, 24 July 2013 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
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Not what I was expecting at all. Was wondering where this movie was going and...bamm. Great movie. Great acting. Beautiful scenery. A good watch. Probably not very one's cup if tea tho.
Posted Thursday, 18 April 2013 See my other reviews
Margit
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Good Australian movie, I too was surprised.
Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 See my other reviews
Anne
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I was really surprised at this movie. Didn't know what to expect, but it was beautiful.....could easily watch it again and again.....which is rare for me, because usually once I've seen a movie, even a good one, I only watch it once.
Posted Tuesday, 27 March 2012 See my other reviews
Christine
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A very simply but lovely story line very enjoyable
Posted Wednesday, 1 February 2012 See my other reviews
Lillian
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Nice story, beautiful scenery of the outback but so slow at times. Too much of camera showing Colette staring.
Posted Saturday, 28 January 2012 See my other reviews
Nic
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Very Australian
Posted Sunday, 8 January 2012 See my other reviews
Bren
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Interesting movie set in outback australia difficult with a jap guy to communicate with aussie lass and to grasp our culture, they have a lot to learn
Posted Wednesday, 21 December 2011 See my other reviews
Mary
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As usual the aussies have done it again. What an actress Toni Colllette is. Would love to see more of her. After the disappointment of Wendy & Lucy this was a terrific surprise.
Posted Friday, 8 July 2011 See my other reviews
Beth
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A good movie to watch
Posted Tuesday, 17 May 2011 See my other reviews
Neen
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Interesting story, slow but I enjoyed - Luv Toni Collette
Posted Saturday, 2 April 2011 See my other reviews
Trudy.
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Excellent movie. So under rated. Watched it twice and loved every minute of it.
Posted Friday, 8 October 2010 See my other reviews
Kendy B
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Wasn't what I expected. Great scenes of Western Australia, and interesting look at how cultural difference can be an issue with people understanding each other.
Posted Tuesday, 27 April 2010 See my other reviews
yeo44
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a good australian movie, story interesting but in parts slow, scenery of our fantastic outback couldn,t be faulted, Toni Collette played her part superbley
Posted Wednesday, 3 March 2010 See my other reviews
Annie
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A very slow movie. Reviews were better than the movie itself. A waste of time.
Posted Thursday, 5 November 2009 See my other reviews
Karen
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This one left me a bit flat. I watched it on the recommendation of a friend and couldn't see why she raved.
Posted Monday, 30 March 2009 See my other reviews
Naomi P.
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Yes, unexpected storyline. Great footage of WA region. I didnt like the characters in the beginning, but that changes.
Posted Thursday, 12 June 2008 See my other reviews
Nasra M.
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I kept hoping the movie would get better but on the contrary it kept getting worse and worse. A very stupid movie, bad acting, boring and almost no music. A total waste of time.
Posted Friday, 1 February 2008 See my other reviews
Friederike E.
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Wonderfully shot and very much worth watching
Posted Sunday, 2 September 2007 See my other reviews
Lisa M.
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This film explores the cultural divide that often stops people from different countries getting to know one another. The acting was great and the locations authentic Australian outback. Action was very subtle and the focus is on the emotions.
Posted Thursday, 19 July 2007 See my other reviews
Lucy G.
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It was OK.
Posted Tuesday, 10 July 2007 See my other reviews
Robert G.
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What a great film. Certainly different, maybe a little long in parts, touching all the emotions from laughter to tears. An unexpected conclusion is worth seeing it through.
Posted Sunday, 8 April 2007 See my other reviews
Chris D.
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A really moving and powerful story, exploring the misunderstandings between cultures.
Posted Friday, 6 April 2007 See my other reviews
Fiona P.
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Posted Thursday, 22 March 2007 See my other reviews
Janice D.
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Worth watching but the quality of the DVD was extremely poor in parts, which spoilt the story.
Posted Monday, 19 March 2007 See my other reviews
Janice Y.
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Posted Wednesday, 7 February 2007 See my other reviews
Maria C.
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Posted Wednesday, 13 December 2006 See my other reviews
JessB
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This movie was well made. There was good acting and the scenery was amazing, however I found the plot to be too disturbing and there were some bizarre parts of the film too. It is not really a movie you could watch again. It is also not a feel good movie.
Posted Wednesday, 29 November 2006 See my other reviews
Cathie B.
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Great performances and scenery, but a rather improbable storyline
Posted Tuesday, 21 November 2006 See my other reviews
David T.
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An enjoyable romp in outback W.A....well acted..graet scenery...slow moving in sections...gives an insight into the great mineral boom currently being experienced by australia....particularly W.A.
Posted Tuesday, 24 October 2006 See my other reviews
APH
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Films with Toni Collette are always worth watching and this is no exception. A road trip where the driver (Toni Collette) doesn't want to be there and the passenger thinks the driver is loud and aggressive. Great Pilbara scenery too.
Posted Tuesday, 10 October 2006 See my other reviews
Irene
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The acting the photography the story made this a movie not to be missed.
Posted Saturday, 23 September 2006 See my other reviews
Linda H
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An enjoyable movie. Yes, slow to start, but ended up being riveting to watch. Great acting all round.
Posted Tuesday, 12 September 2006 See my other reviews
Sarah-Jane B.
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Pretty slow.
Posted Wednesday, 28 June 2006 See my other reviews
Nerida W.
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Yes, this DVD was something a bit different - I like Aussie films more so than Yankee.
Posted Tuesday, 6 June 2006 See my other reviews
Trevor H.
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Posted Monday, 5 June 2006 See my other reviews
Don H.
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Posted Monday, 3 April 2006 See my other reviews
Ron
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Happy to support Australian movies, thought this was going to be a lot of scenery of WA, it turned out to be an intriguing story with the Japanese visitor being returned home in a coffin.
Posted Sunday, 26 March 2006 See my other reviews
russell1981
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Interesting, intensely filmed piece from the director-producer team from "Road to Nhill" is less like "The Goddess of 1967" than you might think, though it does retain a similar theme. Without giving too much away, there is a major plot twist, although whether this works ? as an example of cinema ? is open to interpretation. Collette is superb in arguably her best role to date (the only competition is her role as the young Lilian in "Lilian?s Story"), and Tsunashima slips easily into his role as the sole Japanese man subjected to predictable racism from Australia?s redneck masculine north. Disappointing that it refrained completely from political comment regarding imprisonment of asylum seekers (considering the film was shot at Port Hedland) and the destructiveness of large-scale mining on both the environment and Aboriginal land. Not the best Australian film of 2003 by any stretch of the imagination, its appeal seems confined to an older demographic than that of, say, "The Rage in Placid Lake", although expect it to win the AFI Award. Talk of an Academy Award nomination, based on its widespread acclaim at Cannes, was not much more than puffery.
Posted Thursday, 2 March 2006 See my other reviews
Laura H.
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Worth watching and very surprising. Not what I expected at all.
Posted Wednesday, 8 February 2006 See my other reviews
Dianne M.
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I really enjoyed the movie, however I heard so many others rave about it that I felt a little disappointed afterwards.
Posted Wednesday, 25 January 2006 See my other reviews
Lisa D.
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Great scenery, but the story didn't really work for me.A bit slow.
Posted Thursday, 10 November 2005 See my other reviews
Bill W.
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Entertaining. Excellent location and cast with an average story.
Posted Tuesday, 1 November 2005 See my other reviews
Heidi M.
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I'd been hearing rave reviews about this movie, hence the reason I requested it. I found it a bit slow to start with, then we are introduced to the wonderful scenery of the WA outback. This helped to keep me interested. Then "POW", there is a twist that you just do not see coming and the whole outlook of the movie changes. Toni Collette's performance was remarkable, one of the best I've seen from her since Muriel's Wedding. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes Australian movies, especially those people who like to be surprised.
Posted Thursday, 27 October 2005 See my other reviews
Zoe R.
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Very beautiful film but I didn't feel interested in the characters.
Posted Saturday, 15 October 2005 See my other reviews
Kevin K.
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The story line is unexpected and Toni Collette is always worth watching, but this is a movie that falls into the category of "could have been". A little more effort to see things from a (not "the") Japanese perspective and an actor such as Asano Tadanobu or Kubozuka Yosuke to match the presence of Collette very well could have made this a great movie.
Posted Wednesday, 12 October 2005 See my other reviews
Nigel R.
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Ian C.
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Posted Tuesday, 23 August 2005 See my other reviews
Matt Pedersen
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I was expecting something a bit different, it is quite sad really and maybe a touch chick flick-ish. Good angles on Japanese and Australian views using the outback (cliche?).
Posted Thursday, 11 August 2005 See my other reviews
Tricia Bolin
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Posted Wednesday, 3 August 2005 See my other reviews
John Alsop
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Posted Tuesday, 26 July 2005 See my other reviews
Simon Horobin
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Posted Friday, 22 July 2005 See my other reviews
Katarina Felton
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Posted Tuesday, 14 June 2005 See my other reviews
Violet Fawkes
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Posted Sunday, 5 June 2005 See my other reviews
Peter Shaw
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Posted Thursday, 12 May 2005 See my other reviews
Smiths
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It was absoltely beautifully made -- the scenery and the acting were both intriguing. after awhile it got incredibly slow and sad. very moving.
Posted Wednesday, 4 May 2005 See my other reviews
Ray Cowan
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Posted Tuesday, 19 April 2005 See my other reviews
Pamela Cunneen
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Posted Friday, 15 April 2005 See my other reviews
Pam Burke
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Good performances, interesting story, but very slow...
Posted Monday, 11 April 2005 See my other reviews
Rhonda O'keefe
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A fabulous film once again by Sue Brooks (Road to Nhill)showing human strengths frailities. Beautifully filmed in outback Aus.with a Japanese influence. A drama, love story,and "travelog" too. A definite "must see" with a twist
Posted Thursday, 31 March 2005 See my other reviews
Heidi Torenbeek
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100 minutes too long
Posted Friday, 4 March 2005 See my other reviews
Ann Garling
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Posted Wednesday, 2 March 2005 See my other reviews
pamelab
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I think this one is more a womens movie. I liked it very much and is is a good movie to watch in the afternoon, on your own. Toni was great. Worth watching indeed.
Posted Tuesday, 1 March 2005 See my other reviews
Barry F
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Posted Thursday, 17 February 2005 See my other reviews
Iain McDonald
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Beautifully shot, pointlessly written. Storyline seem redundant to the scenery that surrounds it.
Posted Thursday, 17 February 2005 See my other reviews
Christopher Jones
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Great scenery and photography of the outback. Dialogue and story let it down somewhat.
Posted Wednesday, 16 February 2005 See my other reviews
Matt Moran
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A little tedious in places and somewhat lacking in solid build, but overall not too bad. Maybe+
Posted Saturday, 12 February 2005 See my other reviews
Sarah Konstantinou
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Posted Monday, 24 January 2005 See my other reviews
Sally Roberts
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Fanatastic scenery/cinematography
Posted Thursday, 13 January 2005 See my other reviews
Lucia Marin
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Captivating story.
Posted Wednesday, 5 January 2005 See my other reviews
Peter Lanzetti
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A good performace from Toni Collette and a real twist in the story.
Posted Tuesday, 4 January 2005 See my other reviews
Robin Riley
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Posted Tuesday, 4 January 2005 See my other reviews
Joolz Chapman
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Shocked and moved by such an unexpected performance and story. ......and beautifully shot! Brilliant
Posted Monday, 20 December 2004 See my other reviews
Justin Berry
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Unusal, but with happy moments. It wasn't what I expected.
Posted Thursday, 16 December 2004 See my other reviews
Peter Mcfarlane
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It seemed to be a bit slow in the total movie but on the other hand the movie went quickly.the australian bush scenes are amazing and it is filmed beautifully.
Posted Friday, 3 December 2004 See my other reviews
El
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Maurice Ambrosoli
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Posted Tuesday, 23 November 2004 See my other reviews
Alexis Paleologos
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Posted Monday, 22 November 2004 See my other reviews
rks
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A story of a woman falling in love with a Japanese tourist she is showing the outback, and then having to deal with grief when he kills himself by diving into a water hole without checking depth. This is a powerful movie.
Posted Tuesday, 9 November 2004 See my other reviews
Cheryl Chant
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Posted Wednesday, 3 November 2004 See my other reviews
Heidi Jarmaine
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Well told story with an unexpected twist.
Posted Thursday, 28 October 2004 See my other reviews
Maurice
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A great story with an unexpected twist.Two great performances
Posted Wednesday, 27 October 2004 See my other reviews
David Marcos
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Posted Wednesday, 27 October 2004 See my other reviews
Roger Merrell
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Posted Wednesday, 27 October 2004 See my other reviews
Christina Montgomery
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Posted Wednesday, 20 October 2004 See my other reviews
Claudia Dotch
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Really different to what I expected! Loved it.
Posted Tuesday, 19 October 2004 See my other reviews
L Huang
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Very interesting story. Gets better in the second half.
Posted Monday, 18 October 2004 See my other reviews
Neil Slater
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Posted Monday, 11 October 2004 See my other reviews
Marina Gurtzis
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Not bad as far as romances go (not my favourite movie genre).Toni Collette is wonderful as ever. The scenerey was just great. (I want to go to the Pilbara!) Showed how short life can be.
Posted Monday, 4 October 2004 See my other reviews
Chrissi Hayward
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This ranks as one of my favourite films. Toni Collette is superb. The music and photography enhance the story beautifully. The direction is incredibly sensitive, allowing silences to speak volumes.
Posted Wednesday, 29 September 2004 See my other reviews
Nick Gleghorn
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Posted Monday, 20 September 2004 See my other reviews
Fiona Singer
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Posted Tuesday, 31 August 2004 See my other reviews
Neil Cradick
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Arid
Posted Tuesday, 31 August 2004 See my other reviews
Kathryn Hartigan
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Great movie.
Posted Wednesday, 18 August 2004 See my other reviews
Dale
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Can't say I'm a big fan of Australian movies. Don't think this deserved the hype it received. Slow. Slow. Slow.
Posted Friday, 6 August 2004 See my other reviews
Ros
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The fabulous shots of Pilbara scenery were enough to make this film special for me, but Toni Collette's ability to become a totally engaging character is the icing on the cake. Although the plot is meagre, this doesn't seem to matter.
Posted Wednesday, 4 August 2004 See my other reviews
Carrie
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Not quite the movie I was expecting - very sad but still good. Powerful performance by Toni Collette as always.
Posted Wednesday, 21 July 2004 See my other reviews
NettieThompson
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Directed with exquisite sensitivity.
Posted Monday, 19 July 2004 See my other reviews
Harry Betschwar
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Great acting by all concerned.
Posted Thursday, 1 July 2004 See my other reviews
Miranda Montgomery
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Good Australian movie with an even better cast. Beautifully shot with huge outback landscape.
Posted Thursday, 3 June 2004 See my other reviews
Sammi:-)
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This took me a while to get into. I found Toni Collette's portrayal of her character a little harsh, rude and un-neccesary in the beginning of the movie. I regretted those thoughts by the end. You truly are marvelous and I am sorry I doubted you.
Posted Sunday, 30 May 2004 See my other reviews
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