Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

(MA) Hopscotch DVD/BD

Two sisters on a week-long holiday inCambodiawith their respective partners should be a fantastic addition to the memory catalogue, should the brain cells survive, but pregnant Alice (Felicity Price) and her husband Dave (Joel Edgerton) return home from a holiday they couldn’t really afford in deep emotional distress.

They have left Steph (Teresa Palmer) behind, searching for her mysteriously missing new boyfriend, the somewhat shady Jeremy (Antony Starr).

From the extended dialogue-free opening sequence to the growing tension playing out “back home” in Sydney, Wish You Were Here is beautifully filmed and well-paced.

Slowly, the events of the fateful night in Cambodia are revealed in flashback as their consequences play out in the unravelling of trust between the three surviving travellers.

Tense and engaging right to the end, this is a thought-provoking film with great performances from the four leads.

Wish You Were Here and the recently reviewed Any Questions for Ben, while not without their flaws, both demonstrate an emerging confident Australian film-making style that leaves me eager to see what comes next.

Dave Cornford 

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