Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Amblin Entertainment
Stars:Felicity Price, Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer
Tension, suspicion, betrayals and lies percolate under the
surface in Wish You Were Here. Joel Edgerton and Felicity Price
play a married Australian couple enjoying, thanks to boozing, dancing, great
food and ecstasy, a more than slightly hallucinatory Southeast Asia vacation
with Price’s younger sister, played by Teresa Palmer, and her new boyfriend, a
handsome businessman played by Antony Starr. Three come home, one goes missing
and a mystery unfolds.
The subtle, twisted screenplay, co-written by
Felicity Price and the actor Kieran Darcy-Smith, marks Darcy-Smith's confident,
promising directing debut and it focuses on the unraveling of family relations
as Price’s character slowly learns what really went down in Cambodia – despite
her husband and sister’s initial cover-up about what they really know.
It's a taught, well-edited and grabby little puzzle of a film. Its
characters are complex, not even close to being entirely likeable or admirable,
and the performances feel lived-in. In particular, Edgerton’s work here
as a troubled, flawed shipbuilder is as strong and intriguing as his work in
Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby was one-note and
dispiriting. Wish You Were Here is intelligent, grownup, absorbing
and highly impressive.