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Sundance 2012 opens with powerful Aussie film, Wish You Were Here

January 24th, 2012 Posted in Arts and Life

Story & Photo by Ben Hansen
Special to Hard News Café

PARK CITY—The 2012 Sundance Film Festival sprinted out of the gates this year, opting to open the first night with five films instead of the usual one. Wish You Were Here, a World Cinema Dramatic Competition Film from Australia, was one of five new movies chosen to kick off opening day.

Director Kieran Darcy-Smith has put together a movie worthy of mention in the early stages of this year’s festival.

While on vacation in Cambodia, expectant parents Alice and Jon, along with Alice’s sister Steph and her boyfriend Jeremy seem to be having a splendid time, taking ecstasy and partying the night away. The sudden disappearance of Jeremy the next day leads to a series of emotional struggles, new discoveries, and a domino effect that will change the course of each of their lives, as the other three make their return to Australia and try to reclaim their regular lives.

Darcy-Smith spins a compelling tale, and his interweaving of frequent recollections with ongoing events helps keep the audience captivated as more details of Jeremy’s disappearance start to fall into place.

If you are looking for a movie that you will walk out of with a happy, warm feeling, you should definitely look for other options. However, if you are a fan of drama with palpable tension and a well-paced plot evolution that keeps you uneasy throughout, Wish You Were Here is worthy of your time.


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