This is a good film...not a great film. I would like to say it's great...but it's not. Nonetheless, it's wotht a look-see from many of the HTL cognecentti. It could just as easliy been about a southern USA town, S-African film.....hell it coulda been about any scoiety where there is a division of cultures & people. In this case it takes place in a "tidy" town in southern Australia where 'whites' & the abroriginal people don't mingle & their are years, generations & decades of resentment. Gabriel Bryne is the protagonist....he & his buddies are about to begin their annual fishing trip. They discover a dead nude aboriganal woman. They KNOW what the 'right' thing to do is yet they decide to secrue her dead body with fishing line to the river bank & proceed with their fishing trip. His wife laura Linney is disgusted with his actions as are most fo the "white' townsfolks not to mention the Aboriginal townsfolks. ( Have you noticed how often Laura Linney participates in Provocative 'small films?) But the filim takes on 2 directions his lame excuses for his actions towards the murdered woman & his failed marriage. Actually, its Laura Linneys culpablity ...she walked out on her marriage & deserted both her husband & her Son. SO, the film is is moslty about a troubled marriage & a troubled town. The Director Ray Lawrence also directed a film Called Lantana, which also takes palcve in Australia and delves into a bit of a crime mystery on the edges but mostly centers on human drama. Both have strong undercurrents but lack a "climatic' ending....much like a novel might & unlike a good hollywood blockbuster.