Tracks

In 1977 Robyn Davidson undertook to walk 1,700 miles in the Australian desert accompanied by a dog and four camels. She wrote about her adventures for National Geographic and in the best-selling book Tracks. Now her story is brought to the screen by American born Australian John Curran director. Coming to the town of Alice Springs to learn about camels, Davidson, then 27-year-old, decides to travel from there to the Indian Ocean. Sponsored by National Geographic, the trip is documented by photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), who annoys her terribly, but eventually becomes her friend and occasional lover. Along the way she meets Mr. Eddie (non professional actor Roly Mintuma), an old Aboriginal man who take her through sacred areas of the desert forbidden to women. Superbly played by Mia Wasikowska. To say that she “carries the movie” would be an understatement. There is not one scene without her, and for long stretches of the film she is alone. Alone with Diggity, the dog, and those beautiful camels, Dookie, Bubs, Zelly and Goliath. Dookie seems particularly ferocious, and has a set of teeth that could bite somebody’s head off. The best thing about Tracks is the cinematography by Mandy Walker. Simply beautiful.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

 Tracks

 

Directed by: 
John Curran
 
Screenplay by: 
Marion Nelson
Based on the memoir by Robyn Davidson
 
Starring: 
Mia Wasikowska
Adam Driver
Roly Mintuma
 
112 min.
 
Rated Parental Guidance
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