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This was a little gem. It deserved a lot more publicity. There was so much that was covered in 52 minutes. There really wasn't a time where I felt that I was bored by this story. It held my (and particularly my partner) interest all the way through. The lead character's coping with grief and different members of her family were very real. The relationship between the sisters was particularly convincing. The story, performances, direction, cinematography and music were truly outstanding. The few reviews here and overseas (London Film Festival) were evidence enough of the quality of this film. There aren't too many films in IMDb that get a 9!!!
I was privileged to see this at LA Film Festival yesterday and was really impressed. It's both an exploration of how a family survives and recovers in the wake of a loss, and how a teen who's got no choice but to make her own decisions gains her own sensibilities and independence as a human being. Dealing with an apathetic father who appears to have given up and a hostile sister who's not mature enough to be without guidance, she finds a way to come to terms with the family tragedy and her own sense of loss, and finds her strength and, in doing so, provides a focus for healing. The director's creativity was constrained by the industry to produce a film of 50 minutes and did a remarkable job of exploring the circumstances and personalities involved with surprising depth. All the actors did a great job of portraying their characters; they were believable and it was possible to be empathetic even if they weren't the most likable groups of people you could meet. I rated it a 5 out of 5 in the audience survey and look forward to seeing it again.
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I just watched Stranded at a film festival, and I liked it. It was
convincing and engaging from start to finish, and managed (which I was
worried about) to round itself off very well by the end.
I watched it because of Emily Browning, whose ethereal looks are just amazing. I'm sure she has a fabulous career ahead of her. In this film, I thought she would be playing the lead character, Claudia. After all, Browning is 17, as Claudia seems to be. But Browning was the little sister, Penny, looking no older than 14 at most. After my initial disappointment at this, I accepted Emma Lung's character and performance as very captivating and touching.
It's basically a story about Australian "white trash"; a poor family with depressed parents, of which the mother killed herself a year earlier. So the father and his two teenage daughters try to get by, all the while shouting at each other and being in a lot of emotional pain. Some local Christian do-gooders want to relieve the father and help take care of the girls, but they are politely told off (hell, they would have creeped me out, too!) - until another couple of young kids are parked in the family by a mother that can't/won't take care of them. These accidentally kill a beloved canary, and so are promptly sent packing with the Christians, which makes for an extremely funny scene. A while later they come back to perform Christian songs like trained monkeys...
Of course, that's just one subplot of several. I'm amazed how much ground was covered in less than an hour; several times I thought the movie would have some kind of open ending that didn't actually finish the story. But it did come to a satisfying end, where the father pulled himself together and starting to get things under control. I feel this film could easily be expanded to a feature length movie.
For what it was - a slice of life tale from a tragedy-struck dysfunctional family - Stranded was very well made. Kudos to all involved.
8 out of 10.
My initial reaction to 'Stranded' was outrage that this short film had
yet to be praised on an international scale. It's an incredibly
beautiful film that delves into the lives of a rural Australian family
coping with the aftermath of their mother's suicide. It explores the
profoundly complex relationships between the two sisters and their
father with a sort of conviction that you rarely see in multi-million
dollar films. Perhaps the most compelling facet of 'Stranded' is not
its beautiful fluidity, but its brave and honest portrayal of grief,
joy and passion.
The cinematography of 'Stranded' is an art in itself and rivals a soundtrack that is as raw and genuine as the film's premise. Coupled with the sincere performances of new-comer Emily Lung and Robert Morgan, Stuart McDonald delivers an uplifting film that celebrates life.
A really great Aussie film starring two of Australia's brightest young
female talents, Emma Lung and Emily Browning.
I watched the film with my dad and he hates intellectual films or dramas, preferring the typical meaningless comedy or action, but he actually really enjoyed this. He loved it as it reminded him of my sister and myself, so any sisters or anyone who knows a pair of sisters will 100% relate and identify with this film! :) It has a really good story, solid but it seems like its not going anywhere. Emma is Claudia, the protagonist and she is the character we like and support the most. She is possibly the most sane, actually doing something with her life. Emily is Penny, her psychotic younger sister who needs to develop a brain.
Emily looked really young in the film, which I didn't like, especially teamed with her smoking. I know she was messed up because of her mum, but it seemed cheap. Everyone smokes to seem "hardcore" but I thought it was just inappropriate.
Really Aussie, but if you like great thinking films or the gorgeous Emma Lung you'll love this!
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