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Wilderness 

The fault lines in an apparently blissful relationship are exposed with accuracy and sensitivity in Wilderness, a film which pulls off the trick of including a lot of smart, insightful dialogue without seeming theatrical or overly talky. The characters may express themselves in words, often with explosive results, but the real story is being told by the watchful camera, the restless jazz soundtrack and the editing with its Nicolas Roeg-like temporal fractures and ambiguities. (Not for nothing is each line in the opening credits followed by an ellipsis: this is a film resistant on every level to the comforts of closure.) Two suspenseful scenes in particular, both of them set on a beach, will stick in the memory of those who see Wilderness, for the way in which they embody the sense of an idyll disintegrating before our eyes; the beauty of the locations only compounds the pain of the drama. It's a truthful film that is often very close to the bone. It is this honesty, as well as the care with which the material has been shaped cinematically, that gives Wilderness its specific power.

- Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman.

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