Looking for Grace

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The long-awaited new film from Sue Brooks, the acclaimed and multi award-winning director of Japanese Story and Road To Nhill, LOOKING FOR GRACE is an intimate, funny and profoundly moving story about the complexities of family life. When rebellious 16-year-old Grace (rising star Odessa Young) takes off, her exasperated mum and dad (the superb Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh) enlist the help of a close-to-retirement detective, and begin the long drive from Perth out to the West Australian wheatbelt to try to find her. On the journey, the two must confront the realities of their changing relationship to one another, and to their daughter. Wry, intriguing and poignant, Brooks' unflinching reflection on the disruptive effects of both adolescence and middle age boasts her trademark sense of character, acerbic humour and eye for the hypnotic rhythms of Australia's regional landscapes. Innovatively structured to incrementally reveal each character's journey - and secrets - from numerous vantage points, LOOKING FOR GRACE is ultimately a beautiful, bold and unmistakably Australian story that reminds us that life is precious, and can change in the blink of an eye.

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Critic Reviews for Looking for Grace

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  • Brooks generally is so bewitched by her characters' opacity that they remain frustratingly remote, even in the rare moments when they open up, diminishing the sorrow of the final-act tragedy.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Even as its tone circles back to aching naturalism, there's something tenuous about the pic's tender resolution -- not to mention a teasing sense that more interesting untold stories might lie on the untold fringes.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • [Brooks] just wants you to feel for these people. And you do.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With its painterly eye for the parched saltpans and wheat fields bisected by snaking roads, the film has a lonely, elegiac beauty. The unexpected comedy can give way in an instant to something darker, but it's never mean-spirited.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There are things to appreciate - including Young's performance and strong support from Radha Mitchell - but the fling-us-here and fling-us-there structure ultimately feels gimmicky, and lacks a certain grace.

    Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Brooks' screenplay is wryly funny about human behaviour, keenly observing the awkward ways anxious people rub up against each other.

    Sep 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Looking for Grace

  • Jan 30, 2016
    The opening scenes with teenage Grace running away with a girlfriend worked best for me. I've travelled across Australia on a bus many years ago and the scenes were relatable. Also, Grace's relationship with a young guy they meet on there is handled truthfully. Once the older cast's stories are added on, it loses ground a little, although they are also honestly told and relatable. I am not sure anyone really learns anything here, though. Maybe it's making a point that so called perfect lives aren't what they seem. The ending scene with the mother was down played and drastic.
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