Anyone up for a summer psychological thriller? I don’t know about you guys but this one, Wish You Were Here, sounds intense.
In a statement from director Kieran Darcy-Smith, “For years I have been fascinated by the idea of unexplained disappearance. The extraordinary vacuum opened up for those left behind. The unknown. The possibilities. What if I were to fake my own death? Or I’m held prisoner in a basement for thirty years? Perhaps simply snuffed to dust in an instant by some catastrophe, natural or otherwise. And the world at home carries on… I’m a grainy photograph… What have I left behind me?”
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 events is transfixing-as are the superb performances.
Four friends indulge in a carefree Cambodian holiday, but their sun-soaked retreat quickly takes a horrific turn when one of the travelers disappears. As the search ensues, the others return home, racked with guilt and struggling to return to their daily lives. Does one of them hold the answer to the fate of their lost companion? Tightly-held secrets from their life-altering trip are brought to light, revealing clues to the whereabouts of their missing friend.