The Dry is an Australian film based on the novel by Jane Harper and set in an Australian country town.
Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to where he grew up to bury a childhood friend, Luke. His relatives want answers on why the family were shot and suspect money as a motive. It’s a place where everyone knows each other and the ongoing drought has impacted the farms.
The story intertwines from past and present. The childhood story makes more sense and has a better arc to conclusion. One of his female classmates was found in the river dead. He became the main suspect after leaving town soon afterwards – arising to rumors that persist to the present day.
Aaron teams up with the only cop in town to investigate the recent murders. What looks like a murder over a property land grab, turns out to be more complicated.
Gradually the town members are eliminated as suspects. There aren’t enough breadcrumbs to let you know where the present-day story is going.
The Dry is an above par Australian film – with an ending that gets a bit messy.
Release date: 1 January 2021