Visually and emotionally gripping // “Tracks” (2014)

Tracks (2014)

Some nomads are at home everywhere. Others are at home nowhere, and I was one of those.

Tracks” follows the real-life story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), an Australian writer who is best known for her unbelievable journey of 1700 miles through the Australian desert. Along with four camels and her loyal dog, Robyn walks from Alice Springs towards the westside of the island, until she reaches the Indian Ocean. Robyn is sponsored byNational Geographic Magazine to pursue her quest, which resulted in a ground-breaking article in the magazine in 1978, accompanied by photos that her companion Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) took of her journey. Now, almost 36 years later, Robyn’s true story is being transformed to the silver screen.

Tracks” is a beautiful and gripping film, directed by John Curran, who is best known for The Painted Veil,” starring Naomi Watts. Curran has done a fantastic job in telling Robyns story accurately and beautifully. It is not an easy task, to make a film about a young woman traveling through the desert with only her camels and a dog to keep her company, but Curran has succeeded in capturing Robyns life-story. Images of Robyns present are alternated by images of the route on the map and of her younger self, running towards the sunset, towards something she cannot quite understand herself.

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