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Dirt Music (2019)



Critic Consensus: As beautifully filmed as it is emotionally hollow, Dirt Music goes digging for romance but only buries the audience in mounds of melodrama.

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Georgie (Kelly Macdonald), sometime sailor, diver and nurse use to have guts. But somehow she has lost her way. Stranded in a remote fishing town on the West Australian coast she's living with a man she doesn't love, Jim (David Wenham) and his young sons whose dead mother she can never replace. But a reckless moment leads to a life-changing encounter with Lu (Garrett Hedlund), an enigmatic loner, one time musician and sometimes poacher, outcast from the community. The two are powerfully drawn to each other and embark on an inescapable, intense and sexually charged affair. Georgie will risk everything for this chance of love, but Lu is haunted by a tragic accident from his past. For him the prospect is too painful and he retreats into the wilderness to the remotest islands leaving little clue as to his whereabouts. With the unlikely help of Jim who is determined to right the wrongs of his own past, Georgie embarks on a journey to bring Lu back from his past and his grief, ultimately finding herself.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7)

Director Gregor Jordan paints a nice picture, but that's about it.

July 18, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Since nobody in Dirt Music is written as anything but a conduit for its tonal twists and turns, there's no weight to what its main characters do for love.

July 17, 2020 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

A strangely fascinating delivery system for so much visual beauty that its flaws scrabble to gain a purchase.

July 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It's an incredibly beautiful film, but it's a challenge to emotionally connect to it... in the translation to the screen, it has lost its interiority, and anything profound it might have communicated.

July 15, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[T]he corny, eventually rather contrived result doesn't end up doing justice to either its cast's talents or the quality of Winton's acclaimed prose.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"Dirt Music" is a fine-looking romance that never finds the right key.

September 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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