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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, 10 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,472, 12 July 2015
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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

Catherine Parker: Looks like it's gonna rain.
Matthew Parker: If I could just take back that moment.
[sobbing]
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Written and performed by Jen Cloher
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Psychological drama that leaves you hanging
11 July 2015 | by MdlndeHondSee all my reviews

After their free spirited, too mature for her age and nubile daughter Lily (a walking Lolita cliché) takes off with her brother into the desert the already unstable marriage falls prey to resurfacing old resentment. Nobody in the small sleepy outback town knows where she has disappeared off too yet many seem to have had some involvement. As the movie progresses we see the mother (Kidman) fall further in desperation induced mental frailty while dad (Fiennes) holds her responsible for their daughters 'adventurous nature' so to speak. Although it starts off well with what seems to be a wholesome plot, either a mystery or a psychological thriller, it lingers and resumes in exploring the relationship between mainly the parents and the towns people. Some over-dramatization doesn't do the plot any good and by the end it leaves you hanging. It lacks a firm direction and goes on tangents instead, many scenic shots, dramatic outburst and at last an unsatisfactory ending. It is the indecisiveness that irritates. When presenting a strong leading plot line it needs to be followed through, at least partly. Fiennes and Kidmans' performances are impeccable despite the failing script.


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