This is an adaptation of Grímur Hákonarson’s 2015 lauded Icelandic film. I didn’t see that but Jeremy Sims brings some good old Icelandic dourness to the magnificent western Australian outback in this reimagination. Two brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton) live side-by-side on the family farm but have not spoken for 40 years. They are fierce rivals in the annual rare breed ram competition (sheep in truth rare and driven across Australia for their moment in the limelight), both laconic types but Les bears the grudge with more rancour, drowning it in alcohol. When Colin discovers that one of Les’ rams has a virulent and fatal disease, the whole community is forced to destroy its stock. Will this disaster bring the brothers together again or drive them further part?
This is a highly entertaining and gentle film about communities facing challenges in surviving, protecting their heritage and fighting bureaucracy. There’s an entertaining cameo from Miranda ‘Queenie’ Richardson as the sympatica vet and the scenery is stunning. A real lockdown treat.