AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 15-21: TRACKS

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tracks posterOpening Sept. 19, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, an exquisitely filmed, fact-based adventure that is iconic in its validation of one woman’s dreams and determination. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set out on a nine-month journey across Australia’s expansive desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with only her dog and four camels. Based on Davidson’s eponymous memoir, the film co-stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer—and on-again, off-again romantic interest—who documents her journey. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

MaryAnn Johnson: My pick is Tracks, a gorgeous movie about one woman’s true-life adventure, the likes of which we rarely see on film. Read review.

Anne Brodie: Tracks is a fact-based story of a woman who set off on a solo walk across Australia’s unforgiving deserts with camels as her sole companions. It’s stunning in plot and cinematography as she explores what it means to be alone. A breathtaking film with great performances by Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver and the characters she meets along the way.

Jennifer Merin: Tracks is the inspiring truth-based narrative about Robyn Davidson, an Australian woman who trekked solo – or, to be more accurate, in the company of four willful camels and a dog – across 2,000 miles of harsh outback dessert, just to prove she could. Mia Wasikowska is wonderful as Robyn, a young woman who packs light for her journey but carries a lot of emotional baggage – some of which she manages to shed during the trip. Beautifully scripted by Marion Nelson (based on Davison’s book) and exquisitely shot by cinematographer Mandy Walker, Tracks is a sterling achievement by women working in film. A must see.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of Sept. 15-19, 2014:

September 17
– 20,000 Days on Earth (NY)
– The Guest (limited)

September 18
– A Walk Among the Tombstones (p.m. screenings)
– The Maze Runner (2D theaters and IMAX, p.m. screenings)
– This is Where I Leave You (p.m. screenings)
– Tusk (p.m. screenings)

September 19
– Art and Craft (NY)
– Fort Bliss (limited)
– Hector and the Search for Happiness (limited; expands: Oct. 3)
– Iceman (limited)
– Life’s a Breeze (limited)
– Reclaim (limited)
– The Scribbler (limited)
– Space Station 76 (NY, LA)
– Tracks (limited)
– The Zero Theorem (limited)

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Sandra Kraisirideja (Archived Contributor) was started by entertainment journalist Sandra Kraisirideja, an accredited member of the Motion Picture Association of America. A 16-year industry veteran, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Today,,,, North County Times, East Hampton Star and Southampton News-Press. Ms. Kraisirideja is listed in the (MPAA) Domestic Press Directory for 2009.