What went wrong with this book to lavish screen adapdation is hard to pinpoint, because Fred Schepisi has made some very good films, and it's a good story. But this all star Australian turkey is a mess. The two glaring problems are the fact that all the 'family' are much too old, and the matriach, played by a tarted up Charlotte Rampling, is much too young. All three players are around the same age, and no amount of bad makeup can hide it. So there's no conviction to the 'family' unit whatsoever. It's rare to find so much really terrible actiing in a film by such a good director, but here it's embarassing. Everybody's painfully bad. And there's almost no conviction in the visuals either. I spent most of my life living in the two cities where this takes place, and nothing feels right. And there's some really bad CGI to add to the problems. I thought it was dreadful.