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Jindabyne

Raymond Carver's story “So Much Water So Close to Home,” about four fishing buddies who find the body of a murdered young woman but can't be bothered to interrupt their weekend vacation, gets a darker and more respectful airing in this Australian drama than Robert Altman gave it in his Carver pastiche Short Cuts. Like Carver, screenwriter Beatrix Christian explores the public aftermath of the incident and the troubled relationship between one of the men (Gabriel Byrne) and his shamed and disgusted wife (an excellent Laura Linney), who begins to equate her spouse with the killer. Too many extraneous elements have been added—the victim here is an aborigine, which prompts a racial backlash against the men and their families—but at the movie's center lies the knotty story of a marriage poisoned by amorality. Ray Lawrence directed. R, 123 min.

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