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If you only see one movie about walking four camels across a continent this year...

click to enlarge Camels look like such little shits
  • Camels look like such little shits

Mia Wasikowska walks four camels across Australia, obviously. Based on Robyn Davidson’s true 1977 story, this festival delight also stars Adam Driver as a field photographer for National Geographic who stands in for most of Robyn’s human interaction. Wasikowska continues to build on a varied, interesting resume in diverse films including The Kids Are Alright, Albert Nobbs and this spring’s Only Lovers Left AliveTracks requires a Castaway-style film carry, and her ethereal blondeness is nearly stomped down under a layer of dirt and sunburnt skin. Directed with respect and grace by John Curran (We Don’t Live Here Anymore), Tracks’ endless sandscapes and harsh outback make for a lovely, vaguely experimental character piece in the vein of Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. Remember how Into the Wild wanted to be so deep and thoughtful about choosing to forgo modern comforts in order to get right with nature, but was actually about a guy who didn't prepare properly and died of his own stupidity? Tracks is the right version of that.

Tracks
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 110 min. · 2014
Director: John Curran
Writer: Marion Nelson
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Rainer Bock, Jessica Tovey, Melanie Zanetti, Robert Coleby and Tim Rogers

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