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In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran Charnock Kieran Charnock ... Jack
Arta Dobroshi ... Grace
Luciane Buchanan ... Lily
Joel Fili Joel Fili ... Probation Officer
Sez Niederer ... Psychiatric Nurse
Gerard Murphy Gerard Murphy ... Old Man
Ian Rae Ian Rae ... Bingo Barman
Ethel Gray Ethel Gray ... Bingo Volunteer
Brent Cowles Brent Cowles ... Bingo Caller
Stephanie Arrowsmith Stephanie Arrowsmith ... Supermarket Worker
Andrew Hedley Andrew Hedley ... Timber Yard Worker
Ross Harper Ross Harper ... Timber Yard Boss
Tina Cleary Tina Cleary ... Supermarket Deli Hand
Mia Blake Mia Blake ... Michelle
Isla Chapman Isla Chapman ... Michelle's Daughter
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In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts. A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland. These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains in winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal.

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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

4 October 2018 (New Zealand) See more »

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Otago, New Zealand See more »

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Long Road Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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A Ferocious Comfort Film - Slow-Burn Glimpses Of Inner Torment
16 October 2018 | by Amyth47See all my reviews

My Rating : 8/10

"Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema."

The reason cinema exists is to comfort the jolted and jolt the comforted. 'Stray'- the title is very deliberately both noun and verb - is an understated fable of loss, alienation, banishment and - maybe - hope. (From Stuff NZ)

The film uses glimpses one after the other to reveal itself. It's a buzz best enjoyed alone in darkness. I watched it at the Dorothy Browns Cinema in Arrowtown, a place near Queenstown in New Zealand. It's a tiny hall with sofas as seats, about 24 seats in total.

Lots and lots of beautifully striking static framing.

It says a lot without elaboration of everything, why is it necessary to spoonfeed everything to the viewers huh?

It reminded me of a lot of movies and yet nothing at all. Maybe Bresson's Mouchette or the recent Lonergan's Manchester By The Sea, maybe even a more Linklater affair or perhaps Diary of a Country Priest? Or maybe a more Tarkovsky-esque chilly poetic touch albeit more straight forward and uncompromising?

The film ends itself unapologetically in an abrupt manner which flys in the face of conventional filmmaking where everything needs some degree of resolution. It doesn't leave anything open to interpretation either which I found superbly brilliant. It's effective. It isn't exploitative of its main characters which is quietly powerful too. A movie experience akin to something impossible to answer: What makes us human? When do many grains of sand become a pile of sand?

It leaves you perhaps with the same emotions the characters feel like with some semblance of a solution. A textbook slow-burn movie. Not for the average movie-goer.

And perhaps you know now why I called it a 'comfort' film.


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