In the vein of Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, Richard Gray’s Summer Coda is an Australian film with a decidedly unique setting — the stunning orange groves of sun-baked Mildura, against the majestic backdrop of the Murray River. Rachael Taylor (Cedar Boys, Transformers) and Alex Dimitriades (Head On) star in the romantic drama, supported by a strong ensemble cast including Susie Porter, Angus Sampson, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath and Jacki Weaver.

Having grown up with her mother in Nevada, Heidi hasn’t spoken to her father since she was seven. Now a young woman, haunted by his memory, she returns to Australia seeking closure. Travelling to her hometown, Heidi is forced to busk for cash, and her melancholic violin score catches the attention of handsome orange picker Michael, who offers Heidi a ride. Both are initially guarded, but an unexpected connection soon blossoms.

Fleeing to Michael’s orange grove after a family reunion turns sour, Heidi finds the escape and camaraderie she desperately needs. Whilst Michael seems conflicted over Heidi’s presence, it’s picking season and he is soon immersed in the colourful surrounds and offbeat characters of the arriving citrus pickers. However, when Heidi drops her guard and allows her feelings to flourish, Michael struggles to reciprocate, his wit and charm masking a tortured soul. As the past unravels, Michael and Heidi are forced to confront the future, discovering that their lives and secrets are better shared.

Closure is just the beginning.

Duration
2 min 17 sec

Views
15,275

Posted On
September 20, 2010
Director
Richard Gray

Writer
Richard Gray

Studio
Independent

Release
October 21, 2010
Cast
Rachael Taylor
Andy McPhee
Angus Sampson
Nathan Phillips
Alex Dimitriades
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