Summer Coda is written by first time
writer/director Richard Gray about a young woman called Heidi (Rachael
Taylor) who has returned to Mildura Australia from Nevada USA due to the
death of her father. Unfortunately for Heidi, she did not know her
father and her last memories of him were when she was 7-years old.
As Heidi returns home, she is soon forced
to busk for money but in
this story about life and rediscovery, Heidi meets Michael (Alex Dimitriades), a local
yet humble orange farmer who also has his fair share
of pain that together, soon blossoms into relationship, filling their
Joining Taylor and Dimitriades are some excellent actors that include
Susie Porter, Angus Sampson, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath and the
truly enigmatic Jacki Weaver who really turn this movie into something
unique that is not only Australian but probably one of the best dramas
of the year.
Kudos for Gray for creating such a diverse and engage
drama/romance that looks visually amazing, thanks to the cinematography
of Greg de Marigny who has carefully picked the scenery to compliment
this engaging story. It's beautifully presented on DVD with sharp
images, larger than life colours and a magical soundtrack. Consider this
your mini-movie experience.
times, Summer coda is a predictable film, however quite enjoyable due to
the excellent performances by Taylor and Dimitriades as their
respectable characters as two lost souls find comfort in each other.
It's definitely a movie that I will watch again in the future!