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123 minutes · 2015

A terminally ill taxi driver crossing the Australian outback to get euthanized may not sound funny or uplifting, but this eccentric road movie happens to be both. Based on a 2003 play by Reg Cribb, who cowrote the screenplay with director Jeremy Sims, the narrative follows the insular driver (Michael Caton) from his home in Broken Hill, South Wales—a desolate town, befitting its name, where he secretly dates his aboriginal neighbor (Ningali Lawford, delightful)—to Darwin, Northern Territory, where a doctor (Jackie Weaver) launching a legal euthanasia service has promised him death with dignity. Along the way he meets a troubled young man and a nurse working in a rural pub, who alter his perspective in ways comic and poignant. Though Weaver's character is too didactic and Lawford's is underused, Cribb and Sims wisely curb the melodrama in favor of wry humor at the absurdity of life and death.

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