New Zealander version of Shoot the Moon and/or Kramer vs. Kramer, to cite the antecedents freshest in everyone's minds. The rather humdrum domestic drama has been jacked up, however, with extravagant violence or the threat thereof (rifles, car racing, hot tempers). There is less chewing over of the "issues" than in the American counterparts, and the individually well-acted but unconvincing couple — a cool, refined, French-language teacher and a dirty-fingernailed mechanic —; could use some further elucidation. Visually, as well, the special circumstances of this couple (the title refers to what should have been a quite photogenic auto graveyard owned and operated by the two of them) do not get nearly enough of a going-over. Bruno Lawrence, Anna Jemison; directed by Roger Donaldson. (1981) — Duncan Shepherd
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