‘Safe Harbour’ Review: Hulu Drama Is an Engrossing Story of Refugees, Privilege, and Regret that Shows the Danger of Isolation

IndieWire | 8/25/2018 | Staff
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“Safe Harbour” wastes no time setting up the parallel tracks for its story. In 2013, a group of leisurely yacht cruisers encounter a refugee ship in open waters off the coast of Australia. After five years and no contact during the intervening time, circumstances bring select inhabitants of both vessels into each other’s orbits again, this time back on land.

Now available on Hulu after premiering in Australia this past spring, this setup could easily veer into an empty attempt at an uplifting tale of human connection or, on the other hand, into an overly dark tale of anger and revenge. Instead, “Safe Harbour” takes a third direction: a mystery unfolding in four acts, where the importance of the final answer gives way to better understanding of how guilt and forgiveness can be powerful forces when set in opposition.

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In the present, when Ismail Al-Bayati (Hazem Shammas) picks up Ryan Gallagher (Ewen Leslie), one of the five vacationers, as a cab passenger, it starts a great unfurling that exposes things kept hidden by a number of people involved. When Ryan’s attempt at hospitality goes awry, the reunion dinner between the two families ends up challenging assumptions that everyone on the yacht had made about the fateful night five years prior. In carefully controlled flashbacks, the series reveals the details about how, why, and when the two boats left each other, as seen through different eyes.

Even as “Safe Harbour” jumps between either side of that five-year divide, it sets up some more meaningful contrasts. Some on the yacht see this new revisiting of the past as a chance to reckon with a decision. Others, like Ryan’s wife Bree (Leeanna Walsman) see it as an imposition to be reminded of something they’d chosen to forget.

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