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Roundabout (2002)

  Directed by: Rachel Griffiths
Written by: Rachel Griffiths
Starring: Kym Gyngell, David Roberts, Alison Whyte
Links: Roundabout on the IMDb
Genre: Short
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Short Fiction Film 2002 (nominee)

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"Film about depression that doesn't depress me" - a review by pearly

Rachel Griffiths made this short film in part to generate awareness for "beyondblue: the national depression initiative". It is about an ordinary family man, who, for some unknown reason, begins having suicidal thoughts. On his way to work one morning, something unexpected happens which leaves him depressed to the point of not knowing where he is or what he is doing.

The film is quite powerfully done, and David Roberts is brilliant in his role as the man going through all of this. For a short film, it comes across as rather high budget too; it's good looking and well shot (all shot in Melbourne - so it was location-spotting time for me). The film definitely achieves its purpose, and is a unique but familiar way of looking at depression for someone who has been around it.

My big criticism of the film is that the swirling roundabout shots made me feel so dizzy that I had to close my eyes. Perhaps these shots were meant to indicate a feeling of lack of control (they certainly did that!), but I don't think making the audience throw up is a particularly good way of getting your point across. Then again, I was probably just too close to the screen.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 13 Sep 2002

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