TIFF 2013: Tracks – Capsule Review

Director: John Curran
Writer: Marion Nelson
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver
Runtime: 110 min
Rating: PG

Based on of the real-life journey of Robyn Davidson, Tracks tells the story of a woman who takes independence to the next level. Feeling more at ease around animals and nature, and needing an escape from her mundane life, Robyn decides to take a trip of seventeen thousand miles across West Australia with four camels and her dog in tow. With brilliant performances from the always-stunning Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, the strong acting keeps the viewer invested in these characters. The cinematography is gorgeous, and is inspired by the real photographs taken by Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) for National Geographic. The film does drag at times, but this pace works as a representation of Robyn’s struggle as she, too, is stuck in this routine of walking day after day, hoping to achieve something in her life. The film flashbacks to Robyn as a child, and we see elements of her past that may explain why she feels so isolated. Unable to truly express herself around other people or to really connect, her interactions with the photographer who is sent to document her journey pose a challenge and make for an unconventional romance. The film is worth the watch just for the beautiful scenic portrait of Australia, and for another star-making turn from one of our generations best new leading actresses, Mia Wasikowska.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Photo Credit: Toronto International Film Festival