Looking for Grace (2015)
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Critic Reviews for Looking for Grace
The characters depicted are flawed in all sorts of ways, but Brooks's evident sympathy for all of them shines through and the result is an offbeat road movie filled with surprises and revelations.
It is really only when we're with Grace, and when the things that happen are happening to her, that we find any of the grace that Brooks is looking for.
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.
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.
[Brooks] just wants you to feel for these people. And you do.
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.
Audience Reviews for Looking for Grace
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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