This is an eminently watchable tale of lost souls looking for a sense of belonging, with towering performances from Abbie Cornish as the fragile and feckless Heidi and Sam Worthington as the directionless Joe.
We first meet Heidi as she commits the seemingly unforgiveable sin of coming on to her mother's boyfriend. Cast out of home, she heads to the ski resort of Jindabyne on the premise that a casual acquaintance once invited her there. Rejected by him, penniless and homeless, the resourceful Heidi learns to sleep with vacationing boys just to get a bed for the night.
The story then follows her struggle for acceptance in a closed community - she finds work and accommodation and meets the emotionally distant Joe, the central relationship of the film.
The cinematography is stunning (if at times a little cliched), with crisp wintry images interspersed with snippets of warmth to mirror the themes of the film.
To pigeon-hole this as a coming of age drama would be to miss the point. Ultimately it is a story about love and forgiveness and is equally applicable to any viewer, be they 18 or 80. Not to be missed!