Thursday, June 6, 2013
Kieran Darcy-Smith & Felicity Price's WISH YOU WERE HERE: These feeble folk are Patrick White's kind of Australians!
The New York Times Sunday Book Review appeared a review of the new edition of Patrick White's The Hanging Garden, in which it was noted that White, generally considered Australia's finest novelist, had little good to say about the Aussie populace. In one of his more memorable statements, he noted that Australia is the country that has proven shit can be recycled. Watching the new film WISH YOU WERE HERE, that statement came to mind, for this is one of those movies, the convulsive and well-edited style of which does wonders in masking its rather paltry content and a collection of characters who are, to put it bluntly, not too bright.
Felicity Price, below, who doubles as one of the film's stars) by Kieran Darcy-Smith (shown at left), the film begins with a wealth of tasty visuals that set up the story of two couples -- a husband and wife, her sister, and sis' new boyfriend -- vacationing in Cambodia, from which Southeast Asian country only three of the four characters return home.
museum-of-the-dead, though they seem to give it about the same amount of time and thought that they spend on the other tourist attractions they view -- like those spiders, above and at right.
Joel Edgerton (above and above) plays hubby to Ms Price's wifey, and both get to show off their joy and humor and anger and sex appeal. As the wife's sister and her new boyfriend, Teresa Palmer and Antony Starr (below) have less to do but handle it well enough.
eOne films and running 93 minutes, the movie opens this Friday, June 7, in New York City at the City Cinema Village East, and in the Los Angeles area at the Landmark NuArt -- where actress and co-writer Felicity Price will appear in person on Saturday, June 8 for a Q&A after the 7:30pm show. The film will also be opening Friday, June 7, at Landmark Theaters in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC, Minneapolis and Denver. Click the Landmark link above to learn which theaters.