Wish You Were Here (2013)
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Kieran Darcy-Smith's feature debut is a calmly devastating exploration of how one misjudged moment in life has the potential to cause everything to fall to pieces. Dave (Joel Edgerton) reluctantly travels to Cambodia with his pregnant wife (co-writer Felicity Price) and her younger sister and new boyfriend, and after a night of partying the boyfriend disappears without a trace. The others are left to return to their lives, each bearing differing degrees of knowledge about what happened.
Jun 7, 2013 Limited
Entertainment One - Official Site
Examines the toll that guilt has on well-meaning thirtysomethings to mostly intriguing effect.
Despite its dubious inhabitants, the film consistently entertains by throwing the kinds of curves one should see coming but doesn't.
Kieran Darcy-Smith's debut feature maintains a vice-like grip that reaches maximum intensity as the mystery is solved.
Joel Edgerton nurses the hangover from Hell in this superbly acted, impressively edited and consistently engaging Aussie thriller.
For the most part this extremely well-acted Australian missing-person drama hits all the right buttons.
For a long time the nonlinear structure dilutes the impact of a bunch excellent performances, led by Edgerton's seasick glare.
It confidently embraces a fractured narrative that ranges across time and between two countries without ever being confusing or obfuscating... Wish You Were Here is deeply excellent on every level it chooses to operate.
Australian thriller Wish You Were Here works as a cautionary tale about burying dark secrets, yet its distractive structure weakens its overall impact.
A brilliant Australian film that examines Australians abroad, relationships and the consequences of having a bulletproof attitude when travelling.
The performances are raw, real and beautiful by the three leads Edgerton, Price and Palmer. And it's a fantastic debut from director Kieran Darcy-Smith whose poetic compositions compliment the thematic contrasts of the unfolding story.
This is an impressive debut from Darcy-Smith and for producer Angie Fielder.
Wish You Were Here may misjudge how to tell its story, but it remains a fascinating and highly relevant film.
It is tightly plotted with a scary denouement that nails its point about the deadliness of rogue circumstance in a very satisfying way.
Australian films rarely have difficultly looking good, and this one makes both Sydney and Cambodia look gorgeous and yet slightly menacing.
For the most part, this is consistently strong and intriguing stuff, let down only by a seemingly rushed (or possibly ill-conceived?) final act.
Announcing its debut director Kieran Darcy-Smith as a talent to watch, this superbly crafted tale always roots its thrills in rich characterisation.
Wish You Were Here is further indication (after Animal Kingdom and The Square) that the Australian film industry is capable of telling thrilling contemporary stories with world-class dexterity.
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