Looking for Grace
On the road again
Palace Como - Sunday 31 January 2016, 3:50pm
Running time: 101m
Classification: M (Coarse language and mature themes)
Release date: 26/01/16
Rating: 5.5/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3/5)
Grace (Odessa Young) and her friend Sappho (Kenya Pearson) are on a bus having run away from home in Western Australia accompanied by a backpack full of secrets. With Grace's parents Denise (Radha Mitchell) and Dan (Richard Roxburgh) searching for their wayward daughter, the layers of the relationships begin to unravel.
With an irregular chronology and told through a series of 'chapters', Looking for Grace is a dark and intense drama set against the desolate and unforgiving backdrop of remote Western Australia. The storyline dances between the key players as threads of stories eventually come together. There are a few chapters that end abruptly before being referenced in another chapter. It's more tantalising than confusing and by the end of the film there is a sense of completeness without the need to wrap up every loose end.
The cinematography is stunning and the use of landscape to denote isolation (both a physical isolation as well as the distance between characters) adds to the intensity. The plot moves slowly as times and focusses on unnecessary detail but there are a couple of shocks that provide an interesting contrast. (ME)