Watching the ripples set in motion through the suburbs of Sidney by the murder of therapist Barbara Hershey, Ray Lawrence's movie is the most unfashionably mature murder mystery of the past decade. There may be something too neat about how everything fits together, but it's a film that understands life at its messiest. As the cop brooding at the centre, Anthony LaPaglia gives the performance of his career.

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Watching the ripples set in motion through the suburbs of Sidney by the murder of therapist Barbara Hershey, Ray Lawrence’s movie is the most unfashionably mature murder mystery of the past decade. There may be something too neat about how everything fits together, but it’s a film that understands life at its messiest. As the cop brooding at the centre, Anthony LaPaglia gives the performance of his career.