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Here's a textbook example of going into production without a finished script. The superficial character development and structural defects in this Australian romantic adventure suggest that it was made from a bare outline and smacks of fund-raising compromises. That anything appealing survives such weak material is a testament to the collaborative power of film.

Mostly, it's Toni Collette who pulls it off, much as she was depended on to do. The drive to go into production seems largely based on her ability to take a bare treatment and convey a dimensional character, a feat of creating on the fly that demonstrates something about her acting instincts and earthy appeal.

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