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  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

After making a misjudged advance towards her mother's boyfriend, 16-year-old Heidi (Abbie Cornish) flees her home for the small Australian ski town of Jindabyne.When she falls for Joe (Sam Worthington), her fragile new world threatens to tumble.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: My impression remained this time around of an unfinished screenplay in which too many intervals of small talk masqueraded as the forerunners of emotional events that never materialized.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fresh: Reflects surprisingly assured filmmaking sensibilities, especially when it comes to portraying the foibles and preoccupations of young women at loose ends.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fresh: A frank and visceral film that at the same time exudes an unexpected innocence.

- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Friday, April 21, 2006

Audience Reviews

0 star

Have you ever had seen a film that was a critical darling, watch it for yourself and find you wondering what they saw in the film that you appear to be missing? That's the experience I had while watching this one long awkward moment of a film. My biggest problem with the film was the lack of empathy I had for the characters. Especially the character played by Abbie Cornish. Does this girl know how to live around people or was she raised by wolves? Does she have any sense of restraint or an understanding of the concept of consequences? If the film's best defense is that it's showing what the average teen goes through, the making of mistakes and all, I'm glad I wasn't an average teen because some of her actions border on downright stupid. And was it really necessary to have the leading male swear so nonchalantly? I'm not a prude and I've seen Tarantino films so I'm used to frequent cursing but it doesn't work when you just use it in a normal tone. Without a hint of anger or fear or any other real emotion, it comes across as forced. This movie just angered me in so many ways, I honestly don't see how people could be like that in real life. Yes, they make mistakes but a lot of them do seem to learn something from them and have better interaction skills. Very easily one of the worst films I have, and ever will have, seen.

- Passenger1986, Friday, May 9, 2008

2 stars

Abbie sleeps around and I don't care...

- wbgoose13, Sunday, January 14, 2007

3 stars

Sam Worthington and Abbie Cornish both deliver great performances, especially Worthington being the standout here, this is essentially the film that put him on the map. Beautiful and unique cinematography.

- kylemydude, Wednesday, February 24, 2010