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"The past is always present."

Ned Kendall is a writer, returning to his family home in rural Australia, run by his sister Sally, to see his father, Bruce, on the man's deathbed. Ned decides to bring his fiancee, Toni, who is finding it difficult to live out in the boonies of the country. Ned flashes back to various moments within his childhood, most of which include his twin sister Kate and older brother Cliff. The flashbacks and memories remind him of his family's secrets, inspiring him to write. While Ned is away, Toni reads what he's written so far, discovering that Ned had a sexual moment with Kate, and leaves without letting him explain.

Another flashback shows Kate continuously flirting with Ned where he, after a boozy night with friends, goes for a swim. At this time, she joins him and both seduces and makes love to him. While Ned is full of remorse, Kate is unbothered.

After Ned turns down future "fun" with Kate, she starts infighting between Ned and Cliff and makes it out as if Ned came on to her. Bruce forces the Ned to take Kate to a Christmas dance, where he leaves her. Kate is left with Cliff as a ride home. However, Ned left separately and discovers Cliff's wrecked car containing Kate's dead body, with Cliff's body hanging by a tree nearby.

Worried that Ned will explain Kate to her father, Sally says she knew about the incident as well as the fact that the clock in Cliff's auto stopped upon impact. She believes Kate had sex with Cliff as well, causing the wreck from guilt compounded with incest. Bruce believes Kate was innocent, and Sally doesn't want to take that from him.

The film closes with Ned patching things up with Bruce, apologizing for blaming his father for Cliff's suicide. Ned doesn't reveal the truth to Bruce, letting Bruce pass on believing that Kate was his best child.

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| 2009 | 1 hr 41 min | 6.7/10
Cast
Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Maeve Dermody, Rachel Griffiths
Studio
Roadshow Films
Director
Rachel Ward
Language
English
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