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Cerulean Blue (2019)

An introvert's urgent road trip to reclaim his lost love is derailed when he meets a free-spirited woman who challenges all of his ideals.


Adrian Ortega


Adrian Ortega




Credited cast:
Jack Michel ... Alex
Senie Priti ... Lily
Danae Vincent Danae Vincent ... Chloe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Deane Jason Deane ... Dunge
Brian Edmond ... Motel Manager
Clint Facey Clint Facey ... Rusty
Stephanie Gonelli Stephanie Gonelli ... Girl In Café
Trevor Hanna Trevor Hanna ... Old Man
Marc Hughes Marc Hughes ... Barman
Maureen McInerny Maureen McInerny ... Motel Receptionist
Michael McKitterick Michael McKitterick ... Motel Thug #1
Adrian Ortega ... Motel Thug #2
Anthony Pisanelli Ortega Anthony Pisanelli Ortega ... Motel Thug #3
Mario Ortega Mario Ortega ... Bar Fly
Rob Stanfield ... Mechanic


An introvert's urgent road trip to reclaim his lost love is derailed when he meets a free-spirited woman who challenges all of his ideals.

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Another Aussie classic
18 August 2019 | by alaisdair-68338See all my reviews

The great thing about Melbourne International Film Festival is the chance to view new films for upcoming directors. The first film from Aussie director Adrian Ortega is a road trip movie about love and self-discovery. The movie is held together by a great story, outstanding performances from its lead actors and breathtaking cinematography delivering one of my favourite films of the festival and the year.

The story follows Alex (Jack Michel) a closed off loner who is driving the scenic route to Melbourne. Along the way his trip gets crashed by Lily (Senie Priti) who is an outgoing sanguine needing a ride. Along the way they run into car trouble and plenty of heart to heart discussions about life, love and their past and future.

The cinematography is breathtaking, the film showcases sweeping landscapes, wistful waterfalls and lagoons contrast against small country towns, petrol stations and cheap motel rooms. The camera work is incredible in the road trip scenes with shots switching between in car conversations and rolling hills and green fields on each leg of the trip.

Performances from Muchel and Priti are the standout of this film. They each play their own personality side to a tee. The introduction scene where Alex is purchasing petrol and the attendant is a voice coming from the floor, apparently from slipping over. The extreme caution and hesitation are showcased through this scene, similarly Priti jumping out in front of the car and hiding in the boot, with a sense of determined curiosity about Alex and how he operates. It does take a while for Alex to respond to Lily and break down his walls. This exploration of two polar opposites is worth the watch alone.

Cerulean Blue is the surprise of 2019, it offers an insightful look into two opposite travellers heading in the same direction. As the story reveals more of their past, it helps sell the premise and in turn grow affection for each of these wayward travellers. The film allows the characters to breathe and lets the cinematography tell part of the story. This film is a spectacular introduction for director Adrian Ortega and is one of the highlights of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

4 stars

Review by Alaisdair Leith

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