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Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they continue fishing and report their gruesome find days later. Stewart's wife Claire is the last to find out. Deeply disturbed by her husband's actions, her faith in her relationship with Stewart is shaken to the core. She wants to understand and tries to make things right. In her determination to help the victim's family Claire sets herself… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"The movie's remaining revelations build slowly into a set of surprisingly powerful emotional beats."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Clearly, in his bid to repurpose Carver's story, Lawrence misses the writer's prevailing ethos: the sense of self-contained internal misery and that haunting quality of being hopelessly human."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Although Jindabyne's cinematography features sweeping scenes of the Australian countryside as stunning as any of those opening shots from Brokeback Mountain, it ultimately has some bigger issues."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"While it's most certainly not light viewing, and it's entirely devoid of 'Hollywood moments', this is a fine, intelligent, troubling film."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"There is some great acting here, and some scenes do have an undercurrent of elemental power in them that tugs at your ankles. But the film never pulls you in."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A fish tale worth telling and worth hearing."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The seamless overall blend of involving domestic turmoil and haunted national self-questioning is quite some achievement."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Less a moral dilemma than a meditation on the differences between men and women in matters of social decorum."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A whole lot of padding turns a fine enough story into a dour, wordy slog."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
""I do just what I want to do/ I want everything and I want you, too/I wish I could explain to you/But the things men without women do/You just don't understand.""
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The frustration here is that none of this leads anywhere. Perhaps that is the point, that some mysteries are never solved, but Jindabyne could give us a little more to work with."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"An affecting character study, anchored by scraped-bare and often heartbreaking performances by Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Intense relationship drama for adults only."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"The film is novelistic in its nuance, in the patience of its storytelling and in the complexity of its mostly unhappy characters."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The filmmakers do not feel the need to fill in every single blank for viewers by the time the credits roll. Just as in reality, these characters' problems are not going to be solved with the wave of a magic wand; there are no short cuts to happiness."
‑ Scott Collura, IGN Movies
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