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Strangerland (2015)

 |  Drama, Thriller  |  2015 (Australia)
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A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past.

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Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker's lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. Suspicions run riot, rumours spread and public opinion turns savagely against the Parkers. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the mystery of their children's fate. Written by Anonymous

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Third collaboration between Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving, following Happy Feet (2006) and Bangkok Hilton (1989). This will be the first time in 26 years that they share scenes together. See more »

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raw, compelling, honest and masterful, brilliantly acted, amazing direction.
25 January 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a schmalzy feelgood film, walk away.. This is a compelling journey into the deep psyche by a master director whose authenticity shines through the whole film. Kim Farrant obviously knows her material, and brings it to the screen without compromise. She wrings a staggering performance from Kidman, whose arc into deconstruction is so seamless that you barely realise how deep you have travelled with her until you're already there. Anybody who has ever lost, really lost, someone they loved; anybody who has truly experienced grief in all its messiness and lack of control, will resonate with this film. Whether or not you have acted out in the ways her characters express their pain, you cannot help but feel the deep truth of these expressions. Weaving delivers some beautiful moments, Fiennes' repression and rage is palpable, and the supporting cast is fantastic. The stand out is Meyne Ywatt, the young aboriginal actor who plays Bertie, who is so good he lights up the screen. Resolution, when it comes, is of the real life kind rather than the Hollywood kind. Beautiful cinematography and breathtaking Aussie desert landscape provide a gorgeous foil to the human drama. This is not a film that leaves you feeling comfortable, but it will leave you feeling, and feeling deeply. I guarantee you will be thinking about it and talking about it for days, or even weeks, after. I recommend seeing it twice; on the second viewing the nuances and subtleties really get a chance to land, and the characters' behaviours take on new depth and clarity. Farrant has delivered a thought provoking, raw journey into the subterranean currants of being human, in all its gritty beauty.


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