19 February 2018


  • Director: Kim Farrant
  • Based on the novel: no
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving, Lisa Flanagan, Meyne Wyatt
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Nicole Kidman – Top of the Lake, Genius, Before I Go to Sleep, The Railway Man, Rabbit Hole, Nine, Australia, Margot at the Wedding, Fur, The Interpreter, Cold Mountain, The Human Stain, Dogville, The Hours, Birthday Girl, The Others, Moulin Roughe, Practical Magic, Batman Forever, To Die For, Billy Bathgate
    • Joseph Fiennes – Good-bye Bafana, The Darwin Awards, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth
    • Hugo Weaving – The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Lord of the Rings, V for Vendetta, Little Fish, Matrix 1-3, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Why? Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes
  • Seen: 16 February 2018

        Middle of nowhere Australia. Forty degrees Celsius. Mum Catherine (Kidman) and dad Matthew (Fiennes), son Tom who walks all night and daughter Lily who shags one and all. Neither of the kids has been going to school. The father tries to be strict. Tom says it’s Lily’s fault they live in this awful town. Tension, dissatisfaction, uneasiness.
       The town is in the midst of a beautiful hostile desert and gully landscape. A dust storm is on its way and then it hits. A dust storm is like the worst blinding blizzard only it’s hot and sand.
       And the kids have gone missing. The police (Weaver) wants to know why they left their previous town. The parents reluctantly admit it’s because Lily had had sexual relations with a teacher.
       The parents wait for the kids to be found, sniping at each other with blame, bitterness, aggression and recriminations. These are clearly messed up people.
       It’s an unpleasant movie. Well-acted, they are Oscar winners after all, and dramatic at times but also slow moving. And don’t expect a proper ending.

2 ½ * of 5

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