Like one of the episodes in Short Cuts, Jindabyne is based on Carver’s masterful tale “So Much Water So Close to Home,” about a party of middle-aged fishermen who discover a dead girl floating in a remote stream. Rather than report it immediately, they enjoy a weekend of fishing and camping first, then are reviled by their spouses and the world at large when their callousness is made public.
Australian director Lawrence (Lantana) and screenwriter
Beatrix Christian have padded Carver’s stark story with all manner of
melodramatic bric-a-brac, including a demented serial killer who’s
responsible for the girl’s demise, a clumsily executed racial angle
(the dead girl is an aborigine) and a smorgasbord of dysfunctions
afflicting each of the four families implicated in the scandal. Byrne
and the redoubtable Linney do their best as the primary couple, but
their parts as written are devoid of emotional truth.
Cast and crew