jeroen van Veen (rommeldog22)
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slightly lightweight father and son drama that doesn't add up to too much. Some good set pieces and a few interesting character twists, carefully built up through the slimmest of gestures, glances and half-phrases, are undone as the motivation for much of the action once again is traced back to sexual abuse, which is now the "deus ex machina" of modern drama. Good acting though, and some photogenic landscape scenes. Weaving is a touch too polished to be believable as ex jailbait father with a violent streak and anger management problems.
Sometimes a film that gets good reviews by everybody else just doesn't work for me personally. This is a good example of that effect. I just did not click with any of the characters, they left me unmoved somehow. And this is one of those films that relies on a good relationship between its characters and the audience, so tant pis.