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Plot: Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious disappearance. When Alice's sister Steph returns not long after, a nasty secret is revealed about the night her boyfriend went missing. But it is only the first of many. Who amongst them knows what happened on that fateful night when they were dancing under a full moon in Cambodia? Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 25 Apr 2012
Aussies are so attuned to all types of media being American sourced, that watching a movie without American actors and accents in Australian theaters seems totally foreign. It actually took me a while to get accustomed to the accent coming from the screen. My partner, who is brilliant at picking up the smallest clues in the script had to keep me informed on the plot as it progressed. I am one one those viewers that enjoys a movie much more on the second viewing. And that is not only this movie, thats all movies. There is no need for me to go into detail of the plot, that has been covered in <more>
other reviews. I must have been engrossed without realizing it, because I was sort of caught off guard when the credits started rolling. I had a mental picture in my mind as to how the whole mess these people had gotten themselves into, was going to pan out. And I was way off.
Really Good Acting & Tense Drama (by trickstar_trippy)
Great acting, that's what first comes to mind. Also, a refreshing sense of proper Aussie film-making in the vein of 'Animal Kingdom' or 'Wolf Creek' . It's tense, very well lensed, fleshed out characters. As the personal drama in the family life unfolds, so does the mystery begin to unravel. The ending doesn't come as a shock, but as a carefully built up finale. Strongly recommended for everyone who's into thriller/drama with horror touches. It uses enough plot elements which aren't the most original, but the way the script blends all these elements into a <more>
coherent and well-paced story. A sense of permanent dread menaces the situations on-screen, but this is far from being a grim film. It balances out really well, as there are enough family subplots that lighten it up when the film becomes too tense.And, again, great performances from the actors.
I know I'm a bit biased when it comes to the savants behind the Aquarius Films and Blue-Tongue Films collective but I can't help it: these guys are just too damn good!Wish You Were Here is an emotional roller-coaster that explores the varying reactions of human beings when they are faced with turmoil. Felicity Price co-writer with husband Kieran Darcy- Smith plays Alice, a pregnant, formidable mother who discovers after returning from holiday in Cambodia that her husband, Dave Joel Edgerton had an affair whilst on the trip. It is the who rather than the how that causes the most <more>
drama as the "other woman" was Alice's younger, crazier sister Stef Teresa Palmer . This love-triangle drama is framed by the wittingly suspenseful disappearance of Stef's new boyfriend, Jeremy Antony Starr , who vanishes during their final days in Cambodia seemingly without a trace.Darcy-Smith DS and the crew behind WYWH play the audience brilliantly: from their calculating publicity strategy to play up the disappearance of Jeremy over the main drama revolving around Dave and Alice's strained relationship; to the eventual unfolding of the film's overall story which happens as if pages of a book had been torn from the spine and fluttered on the ground, only for the reader to read them in whatever order he found them. It is a brilliant way to tell films that turns the traditional circular narrative completely on its head. DS and Felicity Price have a delightful way of writing which encourages the audience to view the narrative from all points of view. When you believe you have sided with one character, something happens next to completely change your allegiance and before you know it, you're rooting for the other side.The cast of this film is also well selected however, I believe some characters and their corresponding actors were downplayed a little too much for instance, the character of Stef and our lack of ability to experience her pain and grief and the loss of her new love. Of course, this is all done within reason which the viewer discovers towards the end of the film when we find out that Jeremy and Stef were only new flames, not old embers like Alice and Dave which, whilst it sounds cruel to say, doesn't encourage the audience to feel as sympathetic for their romance being cut short considering it only lasted 6 weeks. Still, Teresa and Antony both give it their all despite their limited screen time which only adds to Joel Edgerton and Felicity Price's performances who play their characters effectively and with a great sense of knowledge about the inner workings of their characters' minds. Its very difficult to watch actors who are inwardly judging their own roles but there is none of that from these two leads. This may come down to Felicity's affiliation with the story from the writing stage but at lot more can be attributed to her as a great actress, as it can with Joel and his capabilities.
If you call a great movie.. a great film... this is the movie for you. Wish you were here brings real hope that there is still real talent left in the movie industry. This film was somebody's baby, with obvious signs that serious time was taken on how to reveal each scene while building up to an emotional response with the audience. This film may leave some viewers feeling that some of the film was slow and simple but that's part of the beauty here folks. I was very impressed with the acting from all characters across the board and I mean all... It was real... Wish You Were Here ..I <more>
say well done! If you enjoyed this then I suggest checking out another great film . .. City Of God
An excellent mystery that unfolds with little mystery. (by diane-34)
Diane and I watched this film in Freo this morning and both of us loved it. True, those intelligent movie buffs in the audience probably saw the whole movie unfold in the first few minutes or even before they entered the theater but we lesser mortals still found the unfolding scenario compelling viewing.The movie was very well acted by all concerned and the directing, cinematography and editing where extremely good and therefore satisfying. "Oh what webs we weave when first we practice to deceive" comes immediately to mind as the story unfolds. You shake your head in disbelief and <more>
the second old saw springs to mind after the last scenes are shown:"fools rush in where angels fear to tread."Initially I thought that the film would take place in South-east Asia but the predominance of the film was shot in Sydney and only the key parts in Asia. It is a great movie and I urge anyone to see it.
Sometimes I wonder what it must take to keep some people happy with their movies. Here is a taut thriller with unexpected twists and turns, complexity and intriguing characters. Actors who you can't take your eyes off, locations to die for. I think perhaps some viewers simply want to be spoon-fed on the usual stodge so they don't have to think too much, just let their digestive system do all the work for them. There's no need for me here to go over any of the plot, scenes or theme as it's already been outlined. But it may be useful for me to point out that for some who may be <more>
Americo-centric in their outlook that there is another world out there, many in fact, than may not exist in your philosophy. This film is engaging, indeed compelling in its storyline, utterly believable if you know anything of the real world, the acting moving and impressive, the actors very easy on the eye as well, the action intense - those Asian mafia were truly menacing - and if it's a little too hard in your thinking to integrate a thriller with a deeper investigation of human relationships then perhaps this movie will be beyond you and you should stick with your usual suspects. Highly recommended.
It takes us fearlessly into dark and challenging places, which is why it is so haunting and memorable (by Likes_Ninjas90)
Dave Joel Edgerton and his wife Alice Felicity Price are on holidays in Cambodia with her sister Steph Teresa Palmer and her new boyfriend Jeremy Antony Starr . They party together and even take a number of ecstasy tablets. We see a shot of Dave walking around, looking distressed and we suspect he's done something terrible. Returning back to their home in Sydney and it is revealed that Jeremy went missing overseas and that the others returned home before they could find him. While trying to balance their everyday lives with their kids, Dave and Alice are increasingly stressed by <more>
their attempts to help the police with the investigation and also Steph's neediness. There is deep conflict between Dave and his wife when he admits that he slept with Steph while they were on holidays. In flashback, we gradually learn about the traumatic fate of the night that Jeremy went missing.Wish You Were Here starts as a minor thriller but descends into a compelling nightmare, powerfully concerned by social decay and the pressures of modern life. The film was written and directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith, in collaboration with Felicity Price, and confirms that Australian films are untouchable in their representation of a fractured domestic environment. The division between the domestic and the foreign is represented through the contrast of two different worlds. The scenes in Cambodia take place on beaches and in the streets at night. They're spatially open and set to loud thumping beats on the soundtrack. The night skies are faintly lit up by red lights from lanterns and fires. These scenes are organic because the environment isn't structured by rules or boundaries. Law and order is regularly defied. Relationships are broken down, elicit substances are taken and there are nastier surprises to be discovered at the back end of the film. By contrast, the present day scenes are tightly framed to reflect their highly ordered nature. They're restricted by physical boundaries made of glass and brickwork, and many of the environments like the houses, hospitals and government buildings are cold and sterile. There is a certain order to how the domestic life must be run, with the characters bound by times as they have to pick up their kids, go to work and be faithful in their relationships. There's a great high angle shot late in the film of Alice sitting in her car in the middle of a car park. The height of the shot makes the car seem like a singular capsule, caught in the middle of an urban concrete prison. It skilfully reflects how restrictive contemporary city life can be. Prior to returning to Sydney, there is a fascinating scene where Dave wakes up almost caught between the two worlds. He appears to be in the wilderness because the area has the look of a post-apocalyptic environment, with its grey skies, muted colours, and wild dogs running on the loose. By choosing to step back into the domestic zone, the boundaries between both worlds are removed, leaving the emotional consequences for Dave's actions in Cambodia. From this point we discover that there is genuine skill in how the screenplay opts to tell the story. The film is concentrated and the pacing is leisurely. It feels much longer than its meager ninety minute running time. This is because the secrets of the narrative are exposed gradually through the present day scenes and flashbacks to the past. The payoff is thankfully a tremendously moving one. Adding further excitement and discussion to the story are the more ambiguous touches that are never explained, only hinted at, like the nature of Jeremy's business. The film is also strengthened by three powerful performances. Joel Edgerton is perhaps the best he's ever been, visibly traumatised with guilt and touches of paranoia too as he desperately tries to hold his family together. Despite its modesty, the power of this thriller comes from the naturalistic performances and the gradual layers of the story that are revealed. As with a lot of local films it takes us fearlessly into dark and challenging places, which is why it is so haunting and memorable.
A Compelling Mystery Thriller From Australia (by perkypops)
The plot is simple, two couples visit Cambodia but only three people return, and the film spends its time skilfully cutting between then and now until we understand what went on during the trip, and also understand the unfolding dramatic relationship between the three who make the return trip.As a film I thought the acting, the script, the cinematography and the sound were all very commendable. Although the plot format is not original it is very well done after a seemingly confusing opening few minutes leaves you thinking you may have blinked once too often, as the opening credits run with <more>
the film. But once the film has settled down the action is driven by the acting and the script, which are always thoughtful. The film makes no attempt to sentimentalise anything but reveals the story as if we are eavesdropping on the actors. There are several poignant moments which are down to great performances by all concerned.It would be good to see some more output from this stable because there is real promise on show.
Nice plot, Awesome acting & Good suspense elements! (by ameysharma)
Let me start by telling that this movie has been into spotlight since months right from an official entry into 'Sundance Film Festival' and till now the buzz is still on-going, which is a great thing. I first saw the trailer and was fascinated by it and 'Think It Over' song struck my ears since then. Moreover being a 'Teresa Palmer' fan overall I had lot of expectations from the movie and Yes!...it does have all those needed elements to keep you involve.This is first time I watched an Aussie film and loved it. Way the movie starts is amazing. Thanks to Kieren, in a <more>
carefree South-East Asian holiday we get to see Cambodia with foot-stomping music and in few minutes later, way the movie title appears, the scene is terrific and impactive. So you come to know this is gonna be interesting ahead. Sydney is delighting for the eyes. Overall the cinematography of the film is splendid.In terms of acting Felicity Price, Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer have very strong performances. Unfortunately Antony Starr is very good but has very short role, which is bit disappointing, considering people would have liked to see him more. Plot of the film is quite familiar though, but it has been handled differently and that's where the movie's plus point lies. I have to mention, Tim Rogers's music is really impactive and I's felicitous to hear 'Think it over' when end titles kept rolling.I would have given rating as 9 for the movie, but only drawback movies has is continuity. I's confused several times watching and thinking, is it flashback or present. Editing is nice, but has certain flaws to make you think and drift away from the flow.So overall, I loved the film and I really appreciate actor Kieran Darcy-Smith's directorial debut. Film is co-written by his wife Felicity Price, who is outstanding actress I must say. This film has awesome acting, nice plot, good locations and continuous suspense to keep us involve. Main thing about the film is, it has significant impact and was not been compromised in terms of budget, which could have been major issue. Hence thumbs-up from my side and I'd love to see Kieran's next attempt.