The Dry

The Dry

The Dry

Eric Bana is a cop who returns to his hometown after a childhood friend dies in a murder-suicide in this crime drama from the director of Balibo, based on Jane Harper's 2016 novel.

When Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Bana) returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and pent-up rage of a terrified community.

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and violence.117 minsAustralia, USA
CrimeDrama
Director:
Robert Connolly ('Balibo', 'Paper Planes', 'Three Dollars')
Writer:
Robert ConnollyHarry Cripps
Cast:
Eric BanaGenevieve O'ReillyKeir O'DonnellJohn Polson

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Flicks

Flicks, Travis Johnson

flicks

An assured, confident, mature crime drama that marries the requisite genre thrills with a literary meditation on loss and guilt. It’s well worth your time.

Despite the frustrating amount of fake film grain that Connolly appears to have a hard on for, I quite enjoyed the sequences which cut back and forth across decades, however they were probably the only moments of effective visual storytelling in the film. The rest is unfortunately over reliant on run of the mill dialogue from poorly directed actors, which...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A fairly faithful rendition but, in some ways, it feels like it could have been so much more.

The Australian

The Australian

press

Gripping screen adaptation. Warmly recommended.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Gripping, tough and psychologically intense.

ABC

ABC

press

A wonderful addition to the canon of Australian cinema.

Stuff

Stuff

press

An engrossing, smartly written and nicely paced thriller on a low burn.

Flicks

Flicks, Travis Johnson

flicks

An assured, confident, mature crime drama that marries the requisite genre thrills with a literary meditation on loss and guilt. It’s well worth your time.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A fairly faithful rendition but, in some ways, it feels like it could have been so much more.

The Australian

The Australian

press

Gripping screen adaptation. Warmly recommended.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Gripping, tough and psychologically intense.

ABC

ABC

press

A wonderful addition to the canon of Australian cinema.

Stuff

Stuff

press

An engrossing, smartly written and nicely paced thriller on a low burn.

Despite the frustrating amount of fake film grain that Connolly appears to have a hard on for, I quite enjoyed the sequences which cut back and forth across decades, however they were probably the only moments of effective visual storytelling in the film. The rest is unfortunately over reliant on run of the mill dialogue from poorly directed actors,...

2.0