WISH YOU WERE HERE
- Staff Writer
- Sunday, 22 April 2012
A Cambodian holiday turns sour when a young Aussie vanishes into thin air. This film directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith begins with a stunning montage of southern Cambodia: the colours and energy portrayed with precise attention to detail, from the poverty to the hedonism. But while it opens on a high, the three remaining, free-spirited Westerners return to Sydney with the weight of the world on their shoulders. Mystery drives the film through flashbacks and scraps of information. Drugs and infidelity turn the straight investigation into a mystery plagued with darkness. Even long after the film ends, there’s something in it that will unsettle you as you put the twisted pieces of the puzzle back together. And ladies, come on, when will you learn never to trust a rich and charming, but elusive man who has vague business dealings in South-East Asia? (AH) ****
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