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A young woman goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.

Starring:
Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth
Director John Curran
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
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  • Feature to_be_announced
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth
Director John Curran
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 30 April 2014
Format: DVD
In 1977 a lonely Robyn Davidson(Mia Wasikowska) decides to travel 1700 miles by foot with four camels(3 adults, one offspring) and her dog Diggity from Alice Springs and go due west through some pretty hostile terrain to the Indian Ocean. Along the way she meets some interesting characters and has to put up with a part time companion in the form of National Geographic photographer Nick Smolyn(Adam driver) whose magazine requires the obvious in return for being the main sponsor of Davidson's trek.The only problem being that Davidson could really do without him because as,in the words of Greta Garbo and i'm paraphrasing,she wants to be alone which is the main motivation for the trip.

Based on a true story and remaining very faithful to it even if her reasons seem elusive and her desire to do it with camels is never convincingly explained, Tracks is a hynotically episodic film in the best possible sense. More mellow than melodrama, the film doesn't hitch itself to emotional highs and lows. Instead the whole thing plays out so leisurely and delicately that Davidson's odyssey seems refreshingly matter of fact which of course it is not.Walk,unload,sleep,get up,walk ,unload,sleep.Along the way she gets some help from some Aboriginal elders, stays with assorted folks dotted throughout this barren landscape and Nick filters in and out too with instrusiveness and helpfulness in equal part.

Director John Curran(Painted Veil,Stone)steers the ship effortlessly and the landscape is stunningly rendered in shot after shot after shot. However the star here is Wasikowska whose performance is a delight.She plays Davidson with just the right amount of obstinancy,warmth and clarity of purpose while at the same time retaining a aura of emotional fragility as to the enormity of her undertaking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joel S. Schneider on 3 July 2014
Format: DVD
For those yearning for a real connection in a superficial world of distractions and material focus, of disconnected lives, "Tracks" is a welcomed antidote to our ADHD culture. The film depicts a young woman's nine month journey across the vast Australian desert - one where, through the environment and events, she confronts herself, along with her buried past, cultural views, and on a universal level, nature itself. From an emotional desert to the cleansing tides of the ocean, this is a journey into the psyche, into the soul of a person who is separate from everything except her animals - it's one where she encounters resistance from without and within, and is finally able to accept the caring of others. Most importantly, "Tracks" shows us a young woman who needs to challenge herself physically and emotionally, to extend her boundaries, and is determined to see it through. Nothing, however, is overdone or spoon-fed to the audience, everything is achieved through a naturalistic focus, no drummed up Hollywood melodrama or cliches. John Curran's direction is masterful and measured and the cinematography of Mandy Walker is breathtaking - a rich tapestry of color and glorious light, from subtle shade to blazing sun and starry nights, capturing the lonely panorama of the Australian Outback. The entire cast is pitch-perfect. Adam Driver and Roly Mintuma lend humorous and empathic support, the loyal black lab, Diggity, and the four camel companions are all distinct personalities, each an important player in the story. Ultimately, though, none of the film's emotional resonance would have been possible without the amazing central performance of Mia Wasikowska, who brilliantly embodies a loner going through an intense experience that's both external and internal.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Venyhamin on 3 July 2014
Format: DVD
On way back from Kinema in the Woods after watching 'Tracks', which was a stunning film full of just beautiful cinematography and imbued with the same sort of mysticism of the great 1970s Australian films such as 'Walkabout' and 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', in which the landscape itself becomes an integral part of the story. Wonderful central performance by the young actress Mia Wasikowska, whose character appeared to be a bit of an outsider and she seemed to be using the journey to exorcise a few demons. Although the early part was interesting enough the film was much better once she had begun her epic trek.

I've not read the book, which I will now, so I don't know how much has been changed to provide some dramatic conflict but the film could have been bolder by dropping a couple of scenes with the annoying National Geographic photographer. It also suffered from an incessant and intrusive soundtrack when it would have been so much more effective to let the natural sounds of the Outback provide the score.

Those caveats aside I think that 'Tracks' is going to be a contender for one of my films of the year and I'm surprised it's taken this long for it to be brought to the screen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Valjean 24602 on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
It's hard to know what to say about a film that centres on a rather long trek across the desert, for no particular reason, with a few camels and a dog!
I think the positive would be that the film was interesting enough to keep one's own interest for the two hours of its duration.
It's reasonably entertaining then without ever threatening to raise the pulse.
I suppose in truth, on reflection, I could take it or leave it and that would be my parting shot - hardly a must see film for me but if you've nothing else to do then you'll probably quite enjoy it, especially if you like animals and rather unspectacular scenery, aside from the sunsets, for most of the film. The journey was quite a feat - I'm not so sure the film is?
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