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Strangerland (2015)

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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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Kim Farrant

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Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Catherine
Joseph Fiennes ... Matthew
Hugo Weaving ... Rae
Lisa Flanagan Lisa Flanagan ... Coreen
Meyne Wyatt ... Burtie
Maddison Brown ... Lily
Nicholas Hamilton ... Tom
Jim Russell Jim Russell ... Alan Robertson
Sean Keenan ... Steve Robertson
Bronwyn Penrith Bronwyn Penrith ... Rose
Trangi J. Speedy-Coe Trangi J. Speedy-Coe ... Jarrah
Morgan Junor-Larwood Morgan Junor-Larwood ... Slug (as Morgan Junor Larwood)
Chris Pattinson Chris Pattinson ... Deputy Pete
Reef Ireland ... Guy in State Park
Martin Dingle Wall ... Neil McPherson
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Storyline

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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To find the truth they must lose themselves


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Terra Estranha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,472, 12 July 2015

Gross USA:

$17,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,107
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Several shots of the landscape around Broken Hill were digitally enchaned. The area's foliage was more lush and green than the production had hoped, and adjustments were necessary to make it look dry and brown. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lily Parker: There is a stillness in the air, and I'm in it. There are no sounds, no whispers, no shadows, no darkness. And just for a moment, there is no 'you', no 'me'. And I'm not lost.
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Kamikaze Origami
Written and performed by Jen Cloher
With additional arrangements by Keefus Ciancia
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All got lost in the sand storm
28 July 2015 | by dracherSee all my reviews

I can't believe that it wasn't obvious at the first reading that the script was letting it down. Basic idiosyncratic transitions and poor dialogue abounds. Hugo Weaving (something of a fixture in Australian films) manages to make the best of his scenes, and gives a good credible performance throughout. Nicol Kidman works wonders to give the other credible performance. Mr Fiennes is miscast and struggles from his first frame to his last, to even convince us that he belongs there at all.

The rest of the great problem with this film is down to the appalling direction. Basic character relationships are ignored, logic is ignored, some the smaller roles seem to have been left to tag along by themselves, dramatic tension is frequently killed in its infancy by casual happenstance, and there are too many red rock dessert shots, that look for all the world, like stock footage.

It no doubt made great headway as it stood the test of the template during the funding process, as it was labeled a feminist story (it even failed at that) it was to be directed by a woman, it was to be set within a sand storm in country Australiana, and it even featured a smattering of indigenous characters and folk law.

It's a shame that the piece could not have been saved by skillful work shopping during the early stages of production, and good film making throughout.


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