A powerful emotional, beautifully made film which will touch the hearts of all but the very cynical.
Setting is the small New South Wales coastal town of Eden where Judy Davis rents a cheap trailer by the sea while she awaits completion of the auto repairs. One night, when hopelessly drunk in the toilet block, she’s helped by an adolescent girl (Claudia Karvan) who lives with her grandmother (Jan Adele) in another trailer.
Davis befriends the child; only when she meets the grandmother does she realize Karvan is her own daughter who she’d left years before in the aftermath of her husband’s death.
Adele makes the grandmother, who still enjoys a sexual fling even though she has a regular lover, a wonderfully warm character. Karvan sharply etches the pain and insecurity hiding beneath the tough, tomboyish exterior of the child; and Judy Davis, always a consummate actress, provides great depth and subtlety, making her character come vividly alive.