Stray

Stray

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Stray

Set in the chilly environments of New Zealand's South Island, this stark drama follows a self-confined man reeling from an act of violence.

"Jack (Kieran Charnock, The Rehearsal), a taciturn young man on parole for grievous bodily harm, holes up in a cabin somewhere in Central Otago. It’s not clear whether he’s trying to forget the past or reconcile with it, although his hesitancy with locals suggests he’s much closer to the scene of the crime than he’d care to admit. Locked away in a prison of his own making, Jack one evening encounters Grace, very far from home and seeking refuge. Played by the captivating Arta Dobroshi, star of the Dardenne brothers’ Lorna’s Silence, Grace’s own private struggles linger beneath her attraction to Jack. These lonely, enigmatic strangers drift into a relationship that promises to either heal or hurt." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

As well as breaking a local crowd-funding record, Stray became the first New Zealand film to be selected to play at the prestigious Moscow International Film Festival. Better yet, Charnock won Best Actor.

2018Rating: M, Adult themes103 minsNew Zealand
DramaFestival & Independent
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Stuff

Stuff

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You can put Stray up with the very best films ever made in New Zealand, and pencil it into your top-ten of 2018 already.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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It is an iceberg of a film - what appears above the surface barely scratches at the behemoth of emotion lurking within.

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This was a very nicely shot movie - very beautiful though the dialogue and interactions can be often frustrating because of their artistically drawn-out style. This made the pacing a little too slow for my liking.

3.0
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An assured depiction of raw emotion in an austere yet beautiful film. Memorable casting and performances lend touches of warmth in the wintry landscape.

5.0
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This is a film where all the most interesting bits ended up on the cutting room floor, leaving viewers to puzzle out the director’s intentions from the almost arbitrary leftovers. For a movie that effects to be a visually led piece, it’s ironic and telling that deciphering the thing utterly depends on two egregiously expositional dialogue scenes. If you...

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Absolutely visually stunning! Universally heart felt story and brilliamtly acted!

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Stuff

Stuff

press

You can put Stray up with the very best films ever made in New Zealand, and pencil it into your top-ten of 2018 already.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It is an iceberg of a film - what appears above the surface barely scratches at the behemoth of emotion lurking within.

5.0
0

This was a very nicely shot movie - very beautiful though the dialogue and interactions can be often frustrating because of their artistically drawn-out style. This made the pacing a little too slow for my liking.

3.0
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An assured depiction of raw emotion in an austere yet beautiful film. Memorable casting and performances lend touches of warmth in the wintry landscape.

5.0
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This is a film where all the most interesting bits ended up on the cutting room floor, leaving viewers to puzzle out the director’s intentions from the almost arbitrary leftovers. For a movie that effects to be a visually led piece, it’s ironic and telling that deciphering the thing utterly depends on two egregiously expositional dialogue scenes. If you...

1.0
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Absolutely visually stunning! Universally heart felt story and brilliamtly acted!

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