Sony Pictures Classics
Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne
Short-story writer Raymond Carver may be the best America has ever produced, so it's a mystery why his work largely has been ignored by U.S. filmmakers; Robert Altman's Short Cuts
, an adaptation of several of Carver's stories, is the most notable exception. Australian director Ray Lawrence takes Carver's 'So Much Water So Close to Homeâ?� as the source material for Jindabyne
and transports the action from U.S. suburbia to a small bush town in the Snowy Mountains. It's there that four male friends discover a murdered Aborigine girl's body during a weekend fishing trip and don't report it for two days in order to get some fishing in first. Thanks to Beatrix Christian's beautiful screenplay, what was once a story about the way men and women communicate has grown into a haunting study of Australian race relations and gender dynamics. What it reveals is a country still unwilling to discuss the atrocities it inflicted upon its indigenous people, but it also offers the promise of reconciliation if and hopefully when the Western-dominated culture decides to openly acknowledge its sins and ask for forgiveness.