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The Method Fest is the nation's only film festival designed to celebrate actors

by Erik Sean McGiven on Apr 20, 2008

The Method Fest is the nation's only film festival designed to celebrate actors and acting.  And the selection of "Unfinished Sky" is auspicious addition to this festival.

<>The festival's executive director Don Franken said when he first saw this film he had to have this Australian production in Method Fest and pulled a lot of strings to include it in the program.   "Unfinished Sky" stars Australian actor William McInnes (Look Both Ways) and Dutch actress Monic Henrickx (A Moving True Story of A Woman Ahead of Her Time).  And stars they are as they pull you into this story with a subtle yet stupendous acting.  <> 

The story is about John, an outback farmer (McInnes), who takes in Tahmeena, an Afghani woman (Hendrickx), who has fled from a brothel where she was being held captive.  Of course, the story doesn't unfold so easily instead it peels back like the layers of an onion, each layer more fascinating than the last. <> 
When Tahmeena stumbles down a dusty road to John's farm, he has no choice but to take her in.  She's been badly beaten and speaks no English.  John is a loner and not inclined to welcome visitors, much less the police.  There's a reason he does not trust them. <> 

The two communicate through signs, pictures, and a gradual understanding of each other's language.  These are two broken souls and slowly they began to recover their faith in themselves and their trust in humanity. <> 

Tahmeena brings John's home back to life and makes him aware of its potential.  In return, John attempts to track down the daughter Tahmeena sent ahead from war-ravaged Afganistan.  Throughout the film there is the uneasiness that Tahmeena will be caught and taken back to the brothel.  There are close calls, blunders, plus their desire to step out from the sanctuary of the farm. <> 

The script by director Peter Duncan in interwoven nicely revealing only what is needed to get to the plot twist.  While there is exposition, it unravels beautifully building a precarious relationship between two people teetering between trust and mistrust.  At the spine tingling ending, all the loose ends are neatly tied up in flurry of death defining struggles. <> 

The title, "Unfinished Sky" refers to a puzzle John found among is dead wife's things and in her memory he attempts to complete it.  It is a symbolic entity that plays an important role in the story: holding on vs. letting go.  <> 

"Unfinished Sky" is a powerful, poetic and sensual love story that peels away layers of pain and mistrust to reveal the true beauty of humanity: freedom, hope and choice.

 

  January 21, 2019

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