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Mystery Road evokes classic Westerns while using its Australian outback setting to delve into a surprisingly layered -- and powerfully impactful -- array of social issues. Read critic reviews

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An aboriginal detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a teenage girl.

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  • Sen (who also shoots, scores and edits) goes walkabout through the minefield of contemporary Australian culture, offering an evocative snapshot of an unravelling crime scene - social, racial and economic.

    August 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A superior and taut outback adventure, you'd have to go back to Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonsa.

    August 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Slow-burning but very powerful.

    August 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback.

    August 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Ivan Sen's fourth feature evokes old westerns, Polanski's Chinatown and other noir classics, but still feels grounded in the dust and dried blood of the Australian soil.

    August 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This sand-blasted Aussie murder mystery tinkers with genre convention while managing to remain sincere and thrilling.

    August 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5

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