Paul (Matthew Macfadyen), a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia (Emily Barclay) he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. Based on the novel by Maurice Gee. With Miranda Otto, Jodie Rimmer. "The strongest New Zealand dramatic feature since "Once Were Warriors" and "Heavenly Creatures". - Bill Gosden, The NZ International Film Festival.
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