Wish You Were Here
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Wish You Were Here is a psychological drama/mystery starring Joel Edgerton, Felicity Price and Teresa Palmer. Four friends - husband and wife Dave and Alice, and Alice's sister Steph and her new boyfriend Jeremy - lose themselves in the fun of a carefree South East Asian holiday. However, only three return back to Australia. Dave and Alice come home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious disappearance. When Steph, returns not long after, a brutal 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? Wish You Were Here is produced by Angie Fielder of the award-winning, independent Australian production company Aquarius Films, in association with the acclaimed indie director's collective Blue-Tongue Films (Animal Kingdom).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 59
- Fresh: 42
- Rotten: 17
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with.
Fresh: If you do decide to travel abroad, this film offers some tips on how to stay safe and sane - that is, if you can extract them from the teasingly elliptical, flashback-addled, nerve-racking narrative.
Fresh: Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance.
Fresh: The mysteries unravel at a steady pace and the dialogue and acting feel naturalistic, adding up to a taut and progressively tangled portrait of familial relations.
A masterpiece of independent filmmaking
This is one of my all time favorite films.
I saw this film in Phnom Penh when I was teaching in Cambodia. For me, it perfectly captures both the light and the darkness of modern Cambodia. Cambodia is Eden -- lush, green, magical, innocent. And the opening montage in and around Phnom Penh perfectly captures the pure joy that foreigners can often feel as they experience this wondrous place.
But the story of Eden also contains the fall. And what tourists (like the 4 Australians in the film) don't always get, is that Cambodia is still healing, still recovering from the wars (2nd Indochina, followed by Pol Pot, followed by 19 years of civil war). And just beneath the surface of paradise, there can be real danger especially for those who don't know what they are dealing with.
I walked out of the theater (into the blasting heat of Phnom Penh) grateful that someone understood and was able to capture through film the complex energies of this moment in this place. Even though more than half of the movie takes place in Australia, this is very much a movie about Cambodia.
This was also the first time I've seen Joel Edgerton in anything -- and he's a brilliant actor (I understand he's been a big deal in Australia for a while). I just saw Edgerton in Zero Dark Thirty in a small role. I also bought Animal Kingdom on iTunes because he was in it and he's great in that too.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2012
- © 2012 (c) VIVID FILMS PTY LTD, KIERAN DARCY-SMITH FELICITY PRICE, SCREEN AUSTRALIA AND SCREEN NSW