‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’

joe-cinque-posterA clunky, stilted film, the lack of creative experience on and off screen undermines the telling of this fascinating (but horrific) true story.

In 1997, Anu Singh killed her boyfriend, Joe Cinque, by administering a fatal dose of heroin having earlier sedated him with Rohypnol. Numerous guests at a dinner party knew of her plans – yet they chose to do nothing about it. Singh served four years of a 10 year prison sentence: her best friend and accomplice, Madhavi, walked out of the court a free woman.

There’s no question where the politic of this adaptation of Helen Garner’s true crime novel lies. Sadly, the nuances of story, character and relationships are drained of any empathy by a poor transfer to the screen. Jerome Meyer (in his first feature) is likeable as Joe, but Maggie Naouri struggles with making Anu anything more than shrill and two-dimensional.

 Rating: 42%

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