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John Curran, 2014
In 1977, 27-year-old Robyn Davidson set out on a 2,000-mile trek across the Australian desert with four camels, a dog and no purpose other than the obvious: “I just want to be by myself”. Her tenacity is conveyed with beautiful lightness by Mia Wasikowska, who blends seamlessly into the parched landscape.
Curran makes no attempt to hoist the quiet story to high drama – no sensationalism of survival, no climactic moments of epiphany.
Davidson thinks mainly about water, her dog and how to avoid the National Geographic photographer pursuing her.
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