LOOK­ING FOR GRACE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

Di­rec­tor: Sue Brooks ( Ja­panese Story) Star­ring: Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young Ver­dict: Search for a point proves frus­trat­ing AN­OTHER one of those frus­trat­ingly mid­dling Aus­tralian dra­mas, con­tent enough to plod along for 100 min­utes or so, with lit­tle or no ur­gency ap­par­ent. Ris­ing star Odessa Young ( soon to be seen in the much- buzzed The Daugh­ter)

plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter, a young run­away on the loose some­where in ru­ral WA. Grace has hit the open road with a stash of cash swiped from her par­ents ( Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell), who don’t seem to be the hurry- upand- find- her types. A loop­ing episodic struc­ture – where the nar­ra­tive dou­bles back to re­play time­frames from a fresh per­spec­tive – is a de­vice which rarely works in the movie’s sto­ry­telling favour. Af­ter what has been an ex­cit­ing and vi­brant past year for Aus­tralian cinema, this me­an­der­ing and of­ten in­ert ef­fort feels like a re­turn to the bland old days.

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