Although the odor of buried sin and some vast, encroaching punishment hangs over most every frame of Jindabyne — intelligently adapted by screenwriter Beatrix Christian from Raymond Carver’s short story “So Much Water So Close to Home” — this is hardly a religious film in the traditional manner. After a disturbing crime, church and an old family Christian tradition hold no succor. There seems to be only the wild vastness of Australia’s New South Wales, a landscape more comfortable with the rawer, less enfeebled spirituality of the few, benighted aborigines still living in the area. Given the ardor with which some of the characters pursue a form of redemption, one can only hope that there’s a god of sorts out there in the land’s soaring endlessness paying attention — and maybe even granting absolution.
My full review is at filmcritic.com.Link