A slyly touching, doomed romance between two absurdly mismatched outcasts, this 1998 Australian feature is based on Andrew McGahan's best-selling first novel. Lethargic layabout Gordon (Peter Fenton) lives in a squalid Brisbane rooming house, surrounded
by destitute old men and peeling paint. His pastimes, pursued with a certain enervated determination, are drinking and smoking; an asthmatic, he's puffing himself to a strangled, painful breathlessness that saps what little energy he was born with. Though Gordon has always nursed a crush on
childhood friend Rachel (Marta Dusseldorp), he can't even rouse himself to pursue her. Enter plump, plain barmaid Cynthia (Sach...