I quite liked it but I was hoping for it to be a lot better. Good story and good acting but I found the love interest of the two main characters a little awkward. They didn't look right together. But I'm glad I watched it.
Second time I have watched this movie, I think it's great, a bit quirky, good use of artistic flair, good storyline, a bit sad
I thought this was quite a good movie, but storyline would not appeal to everyone
A film that I have wanted to watch for a while and somehow never did. Thanks to Quickflix I have now seen it and I am pleased that I did. It is certainly a lot different to other movies. It was quirky and showed us the emotions and how life takes it's path after an accident where different characters are involved to different degrees.
A classic Australian human comedy. Shows that Aussies aren't beyond making cutting edge films. Call it what you like but even if it's not to your taste you can't call it "lousy". I found it had a lot going for it and left me thinking about the situations for days afterwards. Great stuff!
A number of people who are tied together by tragedy face their own mortality. A bit slow and too self-consciously arty for my taste but you cannot fault the performances. The end is fortunately upbeat.
In a word, this film is lousy. Don't waste 100 minutes of your life watching it.
A very human portrait of ordinry Australians living in suburbia. There are a series of sad stories acted with reality and feeling by Australian actors.
Good Aussie flick. Unusual but worth sticking with.
I really enjoyed this. Understated and minimalistic, about some ordinary people, in very ordinary suburban Australia, who are struggling with events that most of us at one stage or another have to deal with, or wonder how we would cope if we did. I found all the characters very believable. Well worth having a look.
This was a fantastic movie - cleverly shot, great acting and a moving story. The animation was brilliant and subtle.
I can't believe I waited so long to see this.
A different movie but worth watching.
Slow, morbid, stilted dialogue, badly directed and no real idea of where the film was going, really not my cup of tea at all. One star because its an Australian film that tries hard but ultimately fails...
Innovative and brilliant use of animated paintings - very fitting and quirky, and maybe not even used enough. The rest of the movie is too "bitsy" with snippets of so many different characters' stories, each one seeming under-developed. Overall, only of interest being Australian with everyday characters we can identify with.
wasnt bad for an australian movie. very chop changing but still good
I love this type of quirky Aussie film. It was cute, funny, romantic, tragic, quirky, though-provoking and even cringingly awkward in places. My idea of the perfect movie.
I will be judgmental and say this is a typical "Aussie drama movie" with a mix of several different themes... but none compelling.
A surprise package. A film that dealt with a number of issues including cancer and train deaths but did not have a overly morbid approach. Australian too as a bonus
Of all Australian films I've watched, this was the most enjoyable. I sympathised with the reality of the characters and liked the depictions of how all people relate to death differently.
"it's not how we die that matters, it's how we live!" While this imaginative and thought provoking film might centre on three main characters each dealing with some pretty serious stuff over one weekend, the humanity of all of those around them, and ipso facto, Us, is also given a nod . At risk of sounding sop (which this film could have been, bar for the sensitive direction of Sarah Watts) every life within it is touched on by the Watts' Angelic wings... and through mini- animated asides... Big questions? Little questions? Miraculously (and ironically?) all could be seen to be "answered" in this story, and seeing the at first unlikable misanthropic journalist walk out of Hamlet's soliloqy is a stroke of genius. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come? Best we wake up, stop dreaming (although we need to do that too...) and... um... live. With respect, Get over yourslef, Hamlet, you need to Look Both Ways. Then you'll simultaneoulsy both be, and not be, and find the bliss Sarah Watts offers in her clever direction of this touching screenplay. Highly recommended.
Almost as good as Lantana. Good performances all round.
a little slow moving, but sensitive handling of issues surrounding life's big challenges
Wasn'tconvinced after 20minutes, but by the end I had decided on a huge tick. Very good movie, cast was brilliant
i really enjoyed this.
Refreshing to see this Aussie film that was intelligent and well composed yet sweet and pretty simple.
Well worth seeing.
I'd hardly call this a romantic comedy (as classified here), but it is a great Aussie drama. Don't see it if you are in a depressed mood, but it has a gentle quality that reaches deep into the human condition, especially about dealing with death and tragedy. Could've done with subtitles though since I missed some dialogue in the beginning.
A small film that handles big issues: birth death and trains.
Justine Clarke is brilliant in a cast of fine actors who play people whose lives intersect in a somewhat Altman fashion.
Brilliant Australian movie, glorious story. Along the lines of Crash yet more subtle and less overblown. Contrasting themes of quick and slow death and how loved ones cope. Rays of hope burst through when needed.
a very deep movie in terms of subject matter. great oz acting.
Beautiful use of animation. Best Australian film in years.
a good little australian film. well worth seeing.
A bit depressing, but had a good ending.
This movie carries its audience and main characters safely across the everyday depths of despair with humour, charm and honesty. A surprisingly delightful production.
An emotional, thought-provoking Aussie flick that is worth a look. The acting was excellent.
A rather morbid topic -- fear of death-- handled in a perceptive and novel way using graphics to depict the sudden flare of fear as it catches the characters off guard. It allows us to interpret the storyline in the light of the emotional state of the characters. It is easy to translate to our everyday lives as we suddenly see the potentials for disasters all around us at a moment's notice.
Found this to be an outstanding movie. Beautifully acted and shot.
Quintissentially Australian, yet with a broader appeal.
Not to be missed.
Thought provoking - well constructed piece
Quirky, fun, insightful, unpredictable. Maybe not for everyone, but it is an imaginative production that shows what people really think in relavent depictions.
People spin in their own little worlds of fear, anger and pain. And then something happens and they open their eyes, just a little bit, to the real world around them.
Excellent movie. Good script, with the imagery carrying the plot, rather than the dialog. Believable characters and settings.
Excellent performance by William McGuinness
This is an Australian movie that you will either love or hate. There are no shades of grey. I loved it. It is a movie about sad people in sad situations. BUT it is NOT a sad movie. If it was an American movie it would have been full of "Oh, my God" and forced heavy whispering - as only the Americans can do. This Australian movie is very down to earth and just quietly portrays these people as they feel in their individual situations. I defy anyone in these situations to stand up and say they would not have behaved as these people did. It is a great and realistic study of people under various forms of stress. The people are each carrying their own burdens, and you feel for them. But, as I said before, it is not a sad movie. It is very down to earth and beautifully Australian.
enjoyed watching very much
An excellent film. Visually
innovative with its animated segments and thematically of relevance to us all who must look both ways to life and death, the past and the future.
As a person who typically doesnt like Australian films, this is the exception im glad i watched. What a stunning peice of art and life!
would be really nice to see the whole movie!!! Unfortunately Bigpond have ruined yet another movie for me because they have such low standards and continually send out faulty movies.
great mix of art with film, genuine characters, and Australian
love it found it funny and sad
Brilliant, cleverly written movie. Fantastic effects of animation interspersed with real life too. Almost in the category of another Australian great: "Lantana".
This is a surprisingly great film. The people are endearing and the story flows along really nicely.
If you like quirky Australilan films, then put this on your list. Bit depressing in some ways, but gets you thinking about life!
Can't quite understand how this got all the brilliant reviews by the "experts". Whilst sympathic with the characters, I found this a slow moving film. Wouldn't recommend it.
Brilliant, quirky, great plot, great cast - we both really enjoyed it
a truely remakablemovie. It's ability to deal with the conscept of caner, derth and the after life, by combining art with reality, is truely beautiful.
Innovative local production. I found the awkwardness of some characters a little overstated.
This was a brilliant movie. As someone who has recently been diagnosed with cancer the themes in the movie resonated with me. The performances by the actors were brilliant. This movie represents good Australian drama which provide a glimpse into everyday aspects of Australian life.
A very unusual Australian movie, in that it deviated from the more usual linear format, and used animation to good effect. The characterisation was good: people's alienation from one another was well depicted.
An exploration of australian interaction between the sexes - the characteristic clumsy dialogue , awkwardness and perpetual misunderstanding that occurs when a relationship forms and develops .
Brilliant debut feature from Watt, whose numerous short films, including "Living With Happiness", "Small Treasures", "The Way of the Birds", "Catch of the Day" and "Brain", had already earned her extensive acclaim. The first feature produced out of a fund made available for the 2005 Adelaide Film Festival, this film was that festival?s opening night attraction ? and it didn?t disappoint. Watt captures expertly life?s tragedy, its humour, and its neuroses; reminiscent of "Lantana" and "Walking on Water". McInnes and Clarke give superb performances against a feel-good soundtrack featuring songs by the Waifs, etc.