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This Australian feature by Paul Cox (Man of Flowers) brings some powerful variations to the marital-breakup movie: a style that alternates between naturalistic drama and avant-garde impressionism to convey an enveloping sense of rage and fear; a reliance on extended long-take sequences, rather than the too easy intimacy of close-ups, to bring the audience into the drama; and a feel for personal tragedy as something self-willed, sought after. John Hargreaves is the classical disc jockey who learns one night that his wife (Wendy Hughes) no longer loves him; it's a performance so taut and concentrated that it seems to emerge from the pores of the actor's skin. With Lucy Angwin, Anna Jemison, and Charles Tingwell.

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