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"The loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood come together in â€œJasper Jones,â€ a beautifully composed portrait of life in late-ླྀs small-town Australia. Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences. Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (â€œPanâ€) and Angourie Rice (â€œThe Nice Guysâ€), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist's frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (â€œBran Nue Daeâ€)."
"It's compelling as a whodunnit, touching as a coming-of-age story, insightful as a picture of race relations and crafty as a drama about secrets, concealing a few of its own for a final, satisfying reveal."
– The Guardian,
"...one of the best and most heartfelt Australian films of the last decade."
– The Reel Bits,