Release dates:

France – 17 May 2007 (Cannes Film Market)
Release Dates USA – 19 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
Official site: has been taken down sadly
Director: David Denneen
Writer: Dave Warner
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Film Locations: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Plot Summary: A small time criminal, Ron, has killed the boss of his girlfriend and they are escaping from the police. After killing a gas station attendant, Ron drives to an old manor in the middle of nowhere where Andrew, an agoraphobic, lives in order to exchange their car. When he notes that Andrew is a wealthy man, Ron decides to get money from Andrew to travel to Thailand. Andrew notices that Dale resembles his fiancée, Gabrielle, who left him six months ago. He proposes that Dale die her hair and go to the bank with two checks of US$ 20,000.00 pretending that she is Gabrielle. But things do not go according to plan.Summary written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Travis Fimmel … Ron
  • Teresa Palmer … Dale
  • Stephen Moyer … Andrew
  • Philip Holder … Sgt. Paul Widdens
  • Margie McCrae … Mrs. Wynott
  • Peter Davies … Terry Gilmore
  • Taylor Owyns … Angela (as Taylor Owynns)
  • Keith Robinson … Mr. Middleton
  • Nate Jones … Tim
  • Alyssa McClelland … Gabrielle
  • Patrick Ward … Andrew’s father
  • Joanne Hunt … Constable Edwina Blainey (as Josy Lee Hunt)
  • Michael Willesee… Sky News reader #1 (as Mike Willesee)
  • Vanessa Redgrave… Sky News reader #2
  • Fabio Nardo … Joey’s dead body
  • Rachel King … Lydia (voice) (as Rachael King)
  • Deborah Woodley-Page … Mum (voice) (as Deb Woodley-Page)
Producer(s): Ivana Chubbuck …. associate producer
Anna Fawcett …. producer
Todd Fellman …. producer
Mark Lazarus …. producer
Original Music: Elliott Wheeler
Cinematography: Simon Duggan
Film Editing: Rodrigo Balart (co-editor) Toby Denneen
Casting: Heidi Levitt
Production Design: Bob Hill
Art Direction: Jason Kelleher
Set Decoration: Kerrie Brown
Visual Effects: Simon Alberry

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  1. My all-time favorite Stephen Moyer flick. I think this movie is very well-crafted and highly underrated! Stephen does a fantastic job as Andrew. Andrew is by far the most complex and interesting character in this movie. I will not tell you how many times I’ve seen it (need both hands to count), yet I still have so many questions about Andrew. (I want to write more, but won’t give the plot away to those who have not seen it.)

    I especially loved watching the relationship develop between Andrew and Dale. Such a gentleman, so sweet and vulnerable, yet still with a slight edge. Who would not fall for Andrew? I did.
    Interestingly enough, this was another (of the many) Stephen Moyer roles where the protagonist is not everything he appears to be!! I get ya, dude!

  2. I completey adore Restraint. One of my fav Stephen movies.
    He is able to really stretch his acting talents with this one.
    Good guy, bad guy, lover, fighter, sane, insane, honest, liar, frightened, furious……..
    He takes you through twists and turns. I love it. They could have explored Andrews character so much more.
    He had great chemistry with Dale but I also thought his interactions with Ron amazing.
    We need so much more Stephen movies. He is just such a great talent.

  3. Just caught this one on Chiller Channel today! Totally unexpectedly! Was so excited to see the whole thing! I’d only seen a few scenes before.

    Wow!!! Stephen acts his cute ass off!! I was so drawn in to his character and so not surprised by his extraordinary acting with just his eyes as that is one of the things I love about him in True Blood. *deep sigh*

    The only other Stephen Moyer acting I’ve been able to see once I discovered him in TB is The Starter Wife. So this movie blew me away!!

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