Fishermen have a tendency to return from fishing trips with tales of "the big one that got away." But not Stewart Kane. No, he's come back from a weekend fishing trip with a very different story. And he'd rather keep it to himself than discuss it with his wife.
In Ray Lawrence's new film Jindabyne, Stewart (Gabriel Byrne) and his buddies, Carl (John Howard), Rocco (Stelios Yiakmis), and Billy (Simon Stone), venture out of the Australian town of Jindabyne into the Snowy Mountains, where they discover the dead body of a 19-year-old Aboriginal woman (Tatea Reilly) floating naked in the river.
They're horrified, of course. But they also know that if they rush back to town with the news, that will spoil their much-anticipated escape from everyday troubles. As Stewart ties the woman's ankle to a branch to keep her from floating into the rapids, he sets in motion a chain of events that will throw his community into turmoil.
While the fishermen and their families are all horrified by the discovery, it's Stewart's wife, Claire (Laura Linney), who seems the hardest hit. And it's easy to see why. Stewart shuts her out in many ways. She can't get her cantankerous, Irish husband to stop brooding over his beer and offer her satisfying answers about "what happened out there." To make matters worse, when his mother Vanessa (Betty Lucas) comes to visit, he hands her control of the household.
The women in this town seem cursed, left to deal with insensitive, arrogant, fearful husbands. Stewart's fishing buddies have a "no women allowed" policy for their wilderness ventures, and the other men in town seem exasperated by any appeal for compassion from the women. And Claire is frustrated to find that the women are compliant, following the men's ...1