Wish You Were Here
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Kieran Darcy-Smith's feature debut is a calmly devastating exploration of how one misjudged moment in life has the potential to cause everything to fall to pieces. Dave (Joel Edgerton) reluctantly travels to Cambodia with his pregnant wife (co-writer Felicity Price) and her younger sister and new boyfriend, and after a night of partying the boyfriend disappears without a trace. The others are left to return to their lives, each bearing differing degrees of knowledge about what happened. Delivering doses of information bit by bit, the film's meticulously edited, nonlinear disclosure of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The mysteries unravel at a steady pace and the dialogue and acting feel naturalistic, adding up to a taut and progressively tangled portrait of familial relations."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"A disturbing mystery thriller that also explores the delicate balance of honesty and lies within a successful relationship."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Kieran Darcy-Smiths first feature mixes past and present, some few of such shifts adding to our understanding or familiarity with the returnees and deepening the mystery."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"An old-fashioned, intricate mystery that keeps you in perpetual suspense, developing its plot and characters through the smart incorporation of basic cinematic tools."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Joel Edgerton gives one of the year's strongest performances."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's too easily satisfying, too traditionally well-made to be an honest portrait of dissatisfaction."
‑ Max Nelson, Film Comment Magazine
"A film that rewards patience and attention. The filmmaking will draw you in and the acting and story will keep you rooted to your seat."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Whatever sentiments the title 'Wish You Were Here' evokes in you, flush them. Here is no lighthearted vacation comedy but, instead, a well-acted "psychological thriller" with few thrills but much angst."
‑ Brandon Judell, GreenCine
"Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, Hearst Newspapers
"The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[As] a more contemplative look at the ways unexplained tragedy plays with the emotions of people who supposedly have it all, it works."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"There are secrets kept and secrets told and Darcy-Smith and company do a marvelous job weaving this tapestry of ambiguity and confrontation."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Wish You Were Here is best enjoyed by fans of the actors involved or "strangers in a strange land" flicks; it'll be less satisfying to those looking for drama/mystery."
‑ Kofi Outlaw, ScreenRant
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