Mad­man ( 91 min­utes) Rental

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ros­alie Higson

QUEENS­LAND farmer and de­pressed wid­ower John Woldring ( William McInnes) finds a bat­tered, dis­traught and lost young woman stum­bling around his out­back prop­erty. She col­lapses and he rather re­luc­tantly cares for her, al­though she doesn’t speak English. Woldring is locked into his lonely ex­is­tence, with only his loyal dog for com­pany. Soon he finds out the woman’s name is Tah­meena ( Monic Hen­drickx) and that she is an Afghan, an il­le­gal im­mi­grant on the run from some shady types who have ex­ploited her — and other vul­ner­a­ble women — by forc­ing them into pros­ti­tu­tion. De­spite the lan­guage bar­rier, the ter­ri­fied ru­n­away and the boozy recluse be­gin to form a ten­ta­tive friend­ship. As her story un­folds they both be­gin to emerge from their self- pro­tec­tive shells. Di­rec­tor Peter Dun­can has adapted a 1998 Dutch film, The Pol­ish Bride, in which Hen­drickx took the same role. Bille Brown is the lo­cal pub­li­can and David Field the po­lice­man, who are both looking for her. The film makes some points about the harsh treat­ment of il­le­gal refugees, with un­der­cur­rents of ter­ror­ism and sex­ual slav­ery adding to the ten­sion. McInnes, stoic and un­shaven, is well cast as the bloke just go­ing through the mo­tions, and Hen­drickx is also fine as the woman who has not only lost her daugh­ter but finds her­self alone and de­pen­dent on the kind­ness of strangers. As a thriller, Un­fin­ished Sky moves from taut to some­what baggy. But the un­der­ly­ing feel­ing of un­ease that arises from Tah­meena’s vul­ner­a­bil­ity lingers.

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