Saturday, September 4, 2010

South Solitary

Director: Shirley Barrett (Love Serenade)
Starring: Miranda Otto, Barry Otto, Marton Csokas, Rohan Nichol, and Essie Davis.

Set on a windswept isolated island (South Solitary) in 1927 George Wadsworth, (Barry Otto - Cosi) is the new lighthouse keeper. His companion is his niece, thirty-something, Meredith Appleton, (Miranda Otto) who is on the rebound. They share the island with Harry (Rohan Nichol) a light house assistant who is resentful for being passed over for the job and his colleague Jack Fleet (Marton Csokas) who is barely coping with post traumatic stress disorder from the Great War. The atmosphere is tense and all the more so because the previous lighthouse keeper shot himself. Time lies heavily on the lighthouse because ships are rare in the area due to the lighthouse’s unreliability. Under the thumb of her uncle Meredith acts as his housekeeper and tries to befriend Harry's wife, the unwelcoming Alma, (Essie Davis), and their 9-year-old daughter, Nettie, (Annie Martin). Nettie is a foul mouthed child with a scab collection and a crush on Jack. Inevitably a romance blossoms between Meredith and Jack as the characters are thrown together. This is a well shot movie with an affecting score and overall good performances. There is a fair degree of black humour which maintains your interests but it does tend to drag here and there.

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