This is all rendered a bit vague by the new cut. If the overall shape has been affected by the rearranging, there is still a lot to praise. Rose Byrne as an abused wife befriending a pair of middle-class born again Christians deserves a feature-length film of its own. Claire McCarthy's titular short packs a punch and Byrne, an actress not known for such electric performances, rightly bagged a gong at the AATCA awards (the Aussie Oscars). Another highlight is Justin Kurzel's 'Boner McPharlin's Moll', a short presented as a faux documentary, in which wild tales are recounted by those whom knew the absent figure/myth under discussion. The Turning is noticeable, too, for providing thesps David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska with their directorial debuts. Wenham's 'Commission' benefits from the presence of Hugo Weaving as Vic's father, Bob, a policeman who left home to live as a semi-hermit in the outback. Wasikowska's offering, 'Long, Clear View', bears a youthful hungry-to-impress aesthetic (think: Wes Anderson crossed with Marty Scorsese) that strikes a tonal imbalance with the other segments.
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