And then there were three ...
A torrid and genuinely involving contemporary drama, Wish You Were Here marks a very promising feature directorial debut from Sydney filmmaker ( and sometime actor) Kieran Darcy- Smith.
The compelling tale centres on a quartet of 30- something Australians, of whom only three have returned from a recent Cambodian holiday.
With the truth surrounding the mysterious disappearance of their friend yet to be determined, each character faces a crisis from which they may never recover.
Weathering the worst of it are married couple Dave ( Joel Edgerton) and Alice ( Felicity Price).
Dave may know more about the final movements of the absent Jeremy ( Antony Starr) than he is letting on.
The missing man’s girlfriend, Steph ( Teresa Palmer), also has a take on the situation she would rather keep under wraps.
Meanwhile, Alice – who is also Steph’s sister, just to further complicate an already messy matter – is seven months’ pregnant, and aware enough to know that something is not quite right with her husband.
For the most part, it’s consistently strong and intriguing stuff but is let down by a seemingly rushed ( or possibly ill- conceived?) final act.