During the year 1962, a young prepubescent boy in rural Austrailia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off a chain of events that irreversibly changes the lives of everyone involved.
Writer/director John Duigans affectionate, funny and poignant picture of adolescence revolves on a particularly winning performance from its juvenile lead, Noah Taylor. Neither a nerd nor Joe Cool but a genuine and typically awkward combination of both, his 15-year-old Danny a puny poet affecting shades and a butt permanently affixed to his lips and his adoration of local bad girl Freya (Carmen) are achingly real for anyone who can recollect the torments of a fourth-form amour fou(all itals). Its also well set in the boonies of New South Wales in 1962, with a fun soundtrack.
Miles above the standard coming-of-age flick.