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Preoccupation with disasters and a growing sense of mortality threaten to derail the growing relationship between the witness of a train accident and the reporter sent to interview her in this daring drama from emerging Australian filmmaker Sarah Watt. As the weekend draws near, three troubled souls find themselves faced with pivotal, potentially life-changing events. Though the death of her father still looms heavily in her mind, Meryl (Justine Clark) is forced to cut short her bereavement in order to focus on a work-related deadline. While reporter Nick (William McInnes) awaits the prognosis… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While [director Sarah] Watt begins to offer an interesting study in paranoia, tinged with some good comic moments, her multi-stranded plot and last-minute recourse to romance ultimately lost the interest of this viewer."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"How each person copes with trauma and renewal adds up to a tender tale rich in memorable performances."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A remarkably dense and powerful picture of people's yearning and struggling. . . . about how 'things just happen'%u2014that's the sadness and beauty of life."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A multi-faceted, sparkling gem of a movie."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"A thoroughly engaging, warm-hearted and frequently moving drama that marks Watt out as a talent to watch and deserves to find as big an audience as possible."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A black-humored screenplay, realistic performances, eye-catching artwork, and a few creative turns on some well-worn themes."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The bottom line is that none of this goes anywhere beyond a droning funeral procession."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"an impressive, intelligent and moving tragicomedy of manners - any way you look at it."
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"Most films about shell-shocked characters coming to grips with their own mortality are either excruciating or forcefully comical. Not so with this mini-masterpiece."
‑ Uri Lessing, eFilmCritic.com
"Lapses in judgement occasionally jar -- like the habit of playing middle of the road ballads over key scenes -- but the central romance is touching enough to lock us in while bringing out the moral of this story."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"Filled with aloof and confused characters just treading water, and even if they are likable, it eventually becomes tiresome. It's like one big pity party."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film itself is beautifully done."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Not a feel-good flick, yet likely to strike a chord with those inclined to contemplate life as a pessimistic venture guided by the unpredictable vagaries of the fickle finger of fate."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"A dreamy but tough ensemble indie that delivers its existential angst with a straight-up Aussie drawl."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"It has a cold, observer's touch that makes dealing with the death and disease a disdainful task."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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