Wish You Were Here

28 Apr

Dave Flannery (played by Joel Edgerton) and Alice (by Felicity Price) are happily married and living in Sydney. They have two children and another on the way. Alice’s sister, Steph (by Teresa Palmer) has recently met Jeremy (by Antony Starr) and he has suggested they all go on a week’s holiday to a resort in Cambodia, to relax and get to know each other better. Alice is keen to do it before the baby’s born and persuades Dave. The foursome spend a great week in the resort – they swim, sunbake, drink and party for the week and take in all the wonders of the resort. But, towards the end of the week, Jeremy goes missing. Dave and Alice return to Sydney to try to take up their lives again and they leave Steph in Cambodia to try to find Jeremy. She doesn’t have any success, so returns to Sydney to work with the police and her family to try to piece together his last known movements and hope he turns up. Since he returned home, Dave is uneasy and Alice has picked up on this. The last events of their time with Jeremy are replayed in each of the threesome’s memories, along with other things that went on in Cambodia. This leads to a series of events in Sydney that unexpectedly and permanently disrupts their lives.

This is a really good movie. The three key roles are all performed with intensity, each are strong characters who are not necessarily very likeable all the time – just like the rest of us, they make mistakes and have their flaws. The story is marvellous and the pace is well managed, so the plot develops as the suspense and mystery surrounding the events of the disappearance become clear. It is really good.

Made in 2012. Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith.

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