A delightfully winning comedy, Oyster Farmer is the story of Jack Flange, an enterprising young man, who robs a fish market and mails the cash to a secluded close-knit community of oyster farmers. When the parcel goes miss... more »ing, and the police start coming around, he suspects the precious package was found by one of his neighbors, a local beauty named Pearl, to whom he becomes irresistibly attracted. Filmed along Australia's breathtakingly beautiful Hawkesbury River, Anna Reeves' deliciously surprising Oyster Farmer is a comedy about love, community and freshly-shucked oysters.« less
Michelle W. from FRESNO, CA Reviewed on 6/20/2011...
Good little movie! Enjoy Alex O'Loughlin in all his tattooed, pre-Moonlight, Three Rivers, Hawaii Five-o glory!
Ellen F. Halter | spokane | 03/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is an absolute GEM! I simply cannot believe that there are no reviews of it. I can't remember where I heard about it, but when I knew that it was available through Amazon, I knew that I wanted to have a personal copy of the DVD. I really don't want to let any viewer know just what the movie is about (the Amazon synopsis is very accurate), so I won't give any specifics about the movie. I would prefer that you WATCH THIS MOVIE!! The acting is superb, and the scenery for the photography is even more amazing. I loaned this movie to another "movie aficianodo" and she was as enthusiastic about its quality as well. It was filmed and released in 2004 in Australia, but very poorly marketed, and it wasn't until just recently that it was released in the US, in 2006. This Australian movie is truly phenomenal."
U2 "Marilee" | Nashvegas,Tennessee | 03/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought Oyster Farmer because of Alex O'Loughlin, spelled O'Lachlan in the movie from Moonlight on CBS. I Loved, loved, loved this movie and if I were going to buy just one of his, this would be the one. I have seen almost all of his performances , seven total , and this one stands out for no other reason than he Lives and it ends happily. Without going into the plot to great extent, it does take place in New South Wales and was produced by Showtime Australia. It is gorgeous scenery and the music is pure aboriginal (I hope you know what I mean). You can see the boomerangs flying when you just listen. He made this four years ago(2004) and you can see how far he has come if you are a fan of the CBS show Moonlight. Highly recommend. This was also the selection for the Toronto Film Festival - -probably 2005."
Janice L. Watson | Montgomery Village, Maryland USA | 11/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie takes place down under of a man who leaves the city to work as a laborer on an Oyster Farm in order to assist his sister in rehabilitation from an accident. The lengths a family member will go to for the medical bills, and also finding love when he least expects it. Alex O'Loughlin is the brother taking care of his sister. He is a fabulous actor no matter what role he plays!"
Pearl In the Oyster
Leung Tse Choi | 04/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" is about fishing, then "Oyster Farmer" is about oyster farming. The story begins with a young man Jack Flange, who robs a fish market and mails the cash to an isolated village where oyster farming is the key business. When the parcel goes missing, he is forced to join the rest as oyster farmer and finds his suspects.
His evaluation of the villagers and interpretation of happenings in the village is solely about finding the bad guy who steals his money. Unfortunately, all his efforts are in vain. People there just care about how to grow better "oysters"; a father tries to reconcile with his daughter; a divorced husband tries to reconcile with his wife; a divorced woman tries to prove herself as a good oyster farmer. Getting rich is not in their equation of living.
Jack's search for the money and the greedy guy and the villagers' search for love and harmony forms the dialectic theme of the story. The village becomes the lost horizon for the city boy and the oyster becomes his salvation. The black, rough, and dirty shell of the oyster and the white, smooth and juicy oyster meat serves as vital symbol to guide us through the film. The meaning and implication of "Oyster Farmer" are soul reaching and rich. If it is not as great as Hemingway's, it is surely a good dose of chicken soup for the mind of metropolitan. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know - Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) "
Slice of Rural Life Down Under
M. Murphy | Seattle, WA | 01/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this because Alex O'Loughlin is in it and I like him on the CBS show "Moonlight." He's awfully pretty to look at and, apparently, can act. "Oyster Farmer" is also interesting because it's a type of work most Americans (and Europeans) are probably not aware of."