(Australia, 2006, 124 minutes)

A weekend fishing party finds a woman’s dead body in the river, but only report it when they return home at the end of the weekend, and the revelation shatters not only the smalltown where they live but their own personal lives. Moody, melancholy ensemble melodrama whose carefully constructed plot, handling and performances are let down by a sagging final third; but there is a lot to admire and recommend here. The film expands a Raymond Carver short story previously adapted on Robert Altman’s 1993 Short Cuts.

A Celluloid Dreams release. April Films with Film Finance Corporation Australia presents, in association with Redchair Films and Babcock & Brown Asset Holdings, an April Films production; developed with the assistance of the New South Wales Film & Television Office and RGM Films. Starring Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness, John Howard, Leah Purcell, Stelios Yiakmios, Alice Garner, Simon Stone, Betty Lucas, Chris Haywood, Max Cullen, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, Tatea Reilly, Eva Lazzaro, Sean Rees-Wemyss. Directed by Ray Lawrence; produced by Catherine Jarman; screenplay by Beatrix Christian, based on the short story by Raymond Carver, "So Much Water So Close to Home"; music by Paul Kelly and Dan Luscombe with Soteria Bell; director of photography (Atlab, Panavision), David Williamson; production and costume designer, Margot Wilson; film editor, Karl Sodersten.


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