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4.0 out of 5 stars "My politeness gene is my biggest enemy.", 7 Dec 2006
This review is from: Look Both Ways [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
In the Australian film Look Both Ways, tragedy can be everywhere, even just around the corner. A devastating rail accident affects the lives of a random group of characters in surprising ways. Set in South Australia - probably on the rust-belt fringes of Adelaide, Look Both Ways is all about death, dying, fate and chance and falling in love.

Over a sweltering weekend, people play cricket and take their kids for a barbecue, while artist, Meryl (Justine Clarke) witnesses a man being hit by a train while chasing the dog. She reports it to the police, and at the scene meets a newspaper photographer, Nick (William McInnes), who has just been told he has an aggressive form of testicular cancer.

Also at the scene is Andy (Anthony Hayes), a journalist for the same newspaper as Nick who writes the cover story for the accident in the local paper. Nick has his own problems. He is confronted by health worker Anna (Lisa Flanagan) with the news that she's pregnant, her ultimatum is that he is to shape up or ship out of her life.

Nick already has two kids from a previous marriage and fatherhood sits unsteadily with him at best. But when he takes a devastating photograph of the victim's wife, Julia (Daniela Farinacci) that lands on the front page by his editor Phil (Andrew S. Gilbert), this snapshot of ordinary life triggers characters into groping with life's options rather than moping around contemplating death.

As the characters negotiate around each other, writer-director Sarah Watt uses animation to portray her protagonist's innermost thoughts. When characters imagine the worst - train crashes, cancer cells attacking - their thoughts are rendered in impressionistic, painterly swirls. It works well, even though there's a bit too much of it and it becomes a bit gimmicky after awhile.

The strength of the film is the naturalistic portrayal of these damaged and lonely people, who are left to cope with very ordinary crisis. The handsome William McInnes and the lovely Justine Clarke are certainly standouts, Nick and Meryl's tentative romance is poignant and subtle -she's the unassuming artist and he's the diffident photographer, battling with his cancer news yet can't bring himself to tell anyone.

Look Both Ways won't appeal to everyone, it's often confusing and opaque and sometimes even grim, but the animation sequences provide a quirky humor to make this dark path a whole lot brighter.

It's funny and moving and it's about finding love in the unlikeliest of places and it makes you think about the fact that it takes just one moment to transform everything. The film shows that it's never too late to look at your life and change your concerns and rethink the whole way you look at the world and at relationships. Mike Leonard December 06.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 6 Aug 2012
This review is from: Look Both Ways [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
One of those types of movies the Aussies do so well, ie feels like it has been made on a budget of $50 over a weekend - if only the world had more movies like this, and less of those multi-million dollar fizzers. The storyline is nicely realised, and what may have been a complete downer ends up making you feel good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look both ways, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: Look Both Ways [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
This a low key but very moving story about a man who discovers he has cancer, his relationship with a woman he meets and with his parents. Doesn't sound too promising does it but it works brilliantly. I am not a man bought easily to tears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery, 31 Jan 2011
This review is from: Look Both Ways [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
Super quick delivery, especially when it was during Christmas period, didn't expect to arrive that fast. Great. It was for a Christmas present so it made life so much easier and I didn't have to worry about it not arriving on time. Thanks a lot.
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