Emmy Iyerwrote on May 20 2011 11:07AM
How long does it take before the abnormal seems normal? Death, love and family values are all up for re-negotiation in this dark and unusual black comedy about a girl trying to start a new life for herself after the loss of her mother.
Seventeen-year old Claudia (EMMA LUNG) lives in a world of no job, no school, no money, indoor aviary and crazy territorial fights with her younger sister Penny (EMILY BROWNING). Since her mothers death the year before Penny wont go to school and her father Rex (ROBERT MORGAN) simply wont get off the couch.
When two children are dumped on the family, Claudia moves into her mothers abandoned car in the driveway. She plans to fix it and take off to tropical Queensland thats if she can side step the Christian do-gooders and avoid falling in love with the cute Kleptomaniac (DAVID HOFLIN) who works at the local Supermarket.
Claudias plans are further interrupted when the two little kids accidentally kill a favourite pet, Rex sinks further into depression, and Penny begins a course of stealing and drug taking. Adding to her problems, Cam spends the night and things between them become far too intense.
In a heart-wrenching climax, Claudia leaves and finds herself in a motel room questioning the value of her own life and her mothers tragic death. She finally resolves to go back and deal with her situation but finds the family in an even greater state of chaos.
The lecherous woman, her two kids and the church workers have returned and it looks like Rex is letting them take over the house. Will Claudia ever be able to face her feelings towards Cam and her mother and make it to Queensland?