Critic Reviews for Ellipsis
An accidental encounter in Sydney leads to a night of whimsical discovery in this multicultural pastiche.
Wenham ... demonstrates a deft hand here, keeping the wispiest of narratives afloat with a low-key portrait of budding romance that's awake to the excitement of first encounters.
The big failing of this flaccid film is that the flimsy premise is given no life. The banter between the couple is stilted and forced. There's no modulation or cadence, no sense of a developing relationship.
Wenham and his young leads find their own expressive awkwardness and intimacy amid a committed micro-budget aesthetic. In its best scenes, which are often some of the quietest, the camera feels like an equal third participant to what is unfolding.
Wenham takes his audience on a journey that charms with every engrossing minute.
Audience Reviews for Ellipsis
Australian Actor; David Wenham makes his directorial feature debut with 'Ellipsis' a heartwarming and entertaining film in the tradition of Richard Linklater's 'Before Sunrise'. Centered on a guy and girl who coincidentally meet in Sydney after one has their phone case broken. What follows is a series of events of all kinds of charming, quirky and ordinarily hilarious circumstances as these two people spend a night together that has a slight romantic undertone. Wenham does a fine job at capturing the urban city life of Sydney in all central areas involving not only our two main leads but also their occurrences that have incredibly memorable roles they could easily happen in real life. Wenham also uses the power of the film being entirely improvised bringing out the rawness of the performances, character development and subjectivity between this unlikely pair, whose endearing relationship is hard to describe. Seeing this make me ever more convinced Wenham is an upcoming talent who can deliver unique cinematic experiences, this just being one of the very big surprises at the Melbourne International Film Festival, I dearly hope it gets to be seen by a larger audience over time, across the country and across the world.
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