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Wish You Were Here (2012)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 7 June 2013 (USA)
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Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious ... See full summary »

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Kieran Darcy-Smith

Writers:

Kieran Darcy-Smith (screenplay), Felicity Price (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Price ... Alice Flannery
Joel Edgerton ... Dave Flannery
Teresa Palmer ... Steph McKinney
Antony Starr ... Jeremy King
Nicholas Cassim ... Jon Canane
Otto Page Otto Page ... Max Flannery
Isabelle Austin-Boyd Isabelle Austin-Boyd ... Holly Flannery
Tina Bursill ... Margie McKinney
Wayne Blair ... Willis
Valerie Bader ... Helen King
Pip Miller Pip Miller ... Jim King
Robbie Hislop Robbie Hislop ... Delivery Doctor
Annie Stirling Annie Stirling ... Mid-wife
Fiona Press ... Val
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ... Collin
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Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious disappearance. When Alice's sister Steph returns not long after, a nasty secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing. But it is only the first of many. Who amongst them knows what happened on that fateful night when they were dancing under a full moon in Cambodia? Written by Production

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Four Went. Three came back. Only one of them knows what happened.

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content, brief sexuality and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Vietnamese | Khmer

Release Date:

7 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish You Were Here See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,937, 9 June 2013

Gross USA:

$45,267
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

13th minute, they are sitting around the table with friends, the man stands up and ask others if they want something more to drink. He takes three bottles in his hands and one under his arm. In the next shot there is no bottle under his arm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice Flannery: So what about you?
[both laugh]
Alice Flannery: Come on, be serious.
Jeremy King: I don't really know.
Alice Flannery: I'd have to think about it. You can go anywhere you want. You can have anything your heart desires. But you can never leave. You're gonna have to stay there forever.
Jeremy King: Forever...
Alice Flannery: Mmm. It's fun, it's like the ultimate fantasy.
Jeremy King: I'd stay here then.
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Glass of Wine
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Falls Flat...
10 May 2012 | by dandelionfieldsSee all my reviews

Wish You Were Here is a directorial debut for actor Kieran Darcy-Smith and written by Darcy-Smith and his wife Felicity Price. The premise of the movie is promising: four Australian friends are enjoying a holiday in Cambodia, but one goes missing after a particularly "heavy" night of partying. The movie is superbly shot and mostly well acted, but I was nevertheless disappointed.

We see the holiday firstly as a 10 minute sequence which moved too rapidly for me. As the movie progresses the holiday is shown in beautiful flashbacks, which give us insight into the characters as well as depicting some of the events that took place. When husband and wife, Dave and Alice (Joel Edgerton and Felicity Price) return to Sydney, they leave Alice's sister, Steph (Teresa Palmer), to try to find out what happened to her boyfriend, Jeremy (Antony Starr). Dave is uneasy and troubled, and even more so when Steph arrives home and the first of many secrets is uncovered.

Joel Edgerton is marvellous as a man wracked with guilt and tormented by secrets and lies he dare not reveal. Teresa Palmer is also very good, but unfortunately her part is underwritten. I found that I became a bit bored with Felicity Price's character, Alice, especially when we start to see more and more of her and less of Dave. About half way through, the movie seemed to become stuck, and I was wanting the original storyline to develop and to give answers to the mystery. When truth is finally revealed, it is terrifying, but it feels anti-climactic, because we've had to wait too long.

I found it hard to sweep my expectations aside and see the movie as the writers/director intended it to be: a story about the effect on family life when one spouse hides a dark truth from their partner. I was expecting more of a thriller, and even as I tried to accept the way the plot unfolded, I still found it disappointing. At certain times I felt sympathy for the characters and I felt their pain; but there were scenes where the magnitude of emotions that the characters were experiencing was not adequately conveyed, (for example, the ending). Obviously, Wish You Were Here was not as engrossing for me as it was for others, but I wish it had been.


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