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The Stranger (2022)

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For Sean Harris (excellent in Macbeth) and (of course) Joel Edgerton. Prompted by Jason Di Rosso's interview with Edgerton and previously with director Thomas M. Wright. All try to talk up the psychological complexity of the characters, which I guess is there if you're prepared to take the cues. Otherwise it's another drab Aussie police-procedural noir. Apparently filmed in South Australia despite being set in Western Australia.

The parents of the child at the centre of this story felt it was a "cruel, callous, selfish cash grab" (and fair enough too). Luke Buckmaster dug it (in the Justin Kurzel mould). Wouldn't it be great if we had other stories to tell.