Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Australia, 2002. Instinct Entertainment, Key Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Petroni. Cinematography by Roger Lanser. Produced by Thomas Augsberger, Matthias Emcke, Shana Levine, Dean Murphy, Nigel Odell, David Redman. Music by Dale Cornelius, Amotz Plessner. Production Design by Ralph Moser. Costume Design by Jeanie Cameron. Film Editing by Bill Murphy.
Overly familiar tale stars a flat Guy Pearce as a psychiatrist returning to his hometown of Victoria, Australia after the death of his father. He meets a confused woman (Helena Bonham Carter), saves her from an accident and takes her in because she seems to have nobody to care for her. In getting to know her, he finds himself strongly attracted to her until he begins to suspect that she might be connected to a troubling part of his past. The story is rich with romance and heavily dewed with beautiful photography and a lush score, but the momentum is nil and the actors don’t really find much to do with the material. The title is taken from The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot.