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Published January 10th 2021
Eric Bana stars in this Australian film, shot mostly in country Victoria, where the bushfires raged the land last year. The audience gets a feel of what it is like in these drought-stricken country areas, as most of it is just land ravaged by fire.
Bana is Aaron Falk, who grew up in these regions and one day is summoned back from his city job to attend a funeral. Upon his arrival, an old wound is torn open, and he is called a 'liar' by some of the people he grew up with.
He reminisces on close friendships he had with three other residents of the tow, but there is a darkness shrouding these memories. There is a murder homicide that he is asked to help out with by one of his friend's parents and he promises to help.
There was a murder that happened ages ago with some unanswered questions which he wants to be addressed too, along with some other residents of the town.
Bana does a great job depicting this troubled character, among other troubled and lost characters. One of the most memorable scenes of this film is when Ellie, played by BeBe Bettencourt, sings a melodic song around a campfire on a dry country Victorian night.
This film is directed by Robert Connolly, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and is based on a book of the same name by Jane Harper. Connolly also directed Balibo, which was based on a book by Jill Jolliffe, and the limited series The Slap, based on one of Christos Tsolkias' best -selling novels.