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Looking for Grace (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 January 2016 (Australia)
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After a teenage girl named Grace goes missing, her parents along with the help of an investigator seek to find her, while also juggling their own secrets and stories between them.

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Sue Brooks

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Sue Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Radha Mitchell ... Denise
Richard Roxburgh ... Dan
Odessa Young ... Grace
Kenya Pearson ... Sappho
Harry Richardson ... Jamie
Andrea Gibbs Andrea Gibbs ... Beth
Vito de Francesco ... Ted (as Vito De Francesco)
Gemma Willing ... Anne
Terry Norris Terry Norris ... Norris
Myles Pollard ... Bruce
River Lockwood River Lockwood ... Phillip
Andy King Andy King ... Gary
Julia Blake ... Nell
Peter Rowsthorn Peter Rowsthorn ... Steve
Geoff Miethe Geoff Miethe ... Marty
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After a teenage girl named Grace goes missing, her parents along with the help of an investigator seek to find her, while also juggling their own secrets and stories between them.

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Behind every smile, there's a story. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

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English

Release Date:

26 January 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Grace See more »

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Western Australia, Australia

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1.85 : 1
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The scene set in an outback bar in the wheat fields of WA contains two extras at the bar. The extras were not in fact Australian, but two British holiday makers passing by during filming. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie they are heading home, but they are heading west into the sunset, with the pipeline still on the right hand side, which is the same direction they were heading out towards Ceduna when they were trying to find Grace. See more »

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Referenced in Looking for Grace: Behind the Scenes (2016) See more »

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Dead of Light
Written by Jordie Lane and Clare Reynolds
Performed by Jordie Lane
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Minor reservations aside, this is an engaging tale told in the finest Aussie tradition.
10 February 2016 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

One of the classic tropes of Australian film is the random and ever-present potential for destruction that is represented cinematically by the vastness and untamed beauty of our unique landscapes. It is sometimes shown, for example, as mystical power (eg: Picnic at Hanging Rock), dystopian violence (The Rover), terror (Wolf Creek), images of deadly bushfires or road-kill scattered over lonely country roads. Looking for Grace builds on this tradition and explores random destruction in a novel way by taking a simple plot line and splitting into separate narratives that converge with deadly force.

Five stories unfold in parallel as sign-posted chapters, each telling the same story but from a different viewpoint. The narrative arc turns on rebellious 16 year-old Grace who empties her father's safe and hops on a coach for a heavy metal concert a few days from home. While chance plays a part, meeting a boy, losing her virginity, and being robbed is a predictable tale for many run-aways. What is not predictable is how the four other stories overlap hers. The unfaithful father seems more concerned about the cash than his daughter and the over-controlling mother is pathetically funny keeping up appearances in the midst of a missing person investigation. The doddery old private detective hired to find Grace (and the money) worries about the whiteness of his false teeth and says the most obvious things in funny ways. And there is the seemingly disconnected story about the road-train driver who bookends the film and ties five random tales into a single Aussie yarn.

The cinematography is superb and it carries the film. From lovingly long panoramic landscapes, to backlit gum trees, golden sunrises, the sharp detail of a furtive glance in shallow depth of field, the camera-work is beautifully crafted and quintessentially Australian. Acting is excellent although based more on good casting than fine performance – there is little room for character development in a film cut five ways. It is also deliberately slow in parts; rather than looking like parents in crisis we see dad's clumsy preoccupation with his own guilt, mum's growing anxiety about her marriage and looking good in gym wear, and Grace just takes her time like any teenager. Minor reservations aside, this is an engaging tale told in the finest Aussie tradition.


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