Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

"Wish You Were Here": Australians Are Xenophobic Too! 

Wednesday, Jun 5 2013

Wish You Were Here If Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here is any indication, the fear of the dark-skinned Other taking advantage of innocent white tourists overseas is not a strictly American anxiety. Told partially in flashback, not-quite-happily married Australian couple Alice (Felicity Price) and Dave (Joel Edgerton) join Alice's sister Teresa (Steph McKinney) on an impromptu Cambodian pleasure trip with the mysterious Jeremy (Antony Starr), who disappears after a night of Ecstasy-fueled pandemonium. Their lives continue to fall apart back home in what feels like a season's worth of soap opera plots crammed into a lean 89 minutes, though the fact that Price and Edgerton live in a beautiful house overlooking the ocean can't help but distract from the gnashing of their teeth, making it a little harder to care about their troubles. For all the melodrama it piles on, Wish You Were Here might have been better served by going the L'avventura or Picnic at Hanging Rock route and leaving the mystery of Starr's disappearance unsolved, but instead opts for the What Really Happened reveal at the end, at which point the film descends into utter xenophobic hysteria. But it's not unentertaining xenophobic hysteria, and the film's overall message seems to be this: If you must take Ecstasy, don't do it in Cambodia. Noted and logged!

About The Author

Sherilyn Connelly


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"