STRANGER­LAND

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Kim Far­rant’s maiden voy­age into fea­ture film re­vis­its that fa­mil­iar Aussie theme, peo­ple lost in the out­back. Volatile Matthew Parker (Joseph Fi­ennes) has moved his wife Cather­ine (Ni­cole Kid­man) and fam­ily to a re­mote vil­lage af­ter trou­ble in their for­mer town, brought on by the on­set of hor­mones of his fif­teen-year-old sex­pot daugh­ter Lily (Mad­di­son Brown). One night Lily and her younger brother Tom (Ni­cholas Hamil­ton) dis­ap­pear. The fran­tic par­ents and much of the town search the desert for them. Far­rant shows some prom­ise in build­ing char­ac­ter and sus­pense, but the story is over­wrought and dis­jointed, as if screen­writ­ers Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons never got to­gether to com­pare notes. Kid­man bares ev­ery­thing, emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally, the other ac­tors are solid, there’s some strik­ing (if repet­i­tive) out­back scenery, and ap­pro­pri­ately at­mo­spheric mu­sic . Not rated. 112 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Jonathan Richards)

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