Robyn (Mia Wasikowska) dreams of getting away. And not just any kind of getting away but crossing the Australian desert with nothing but a couple of camels and her dog. But it is not easy to do that or to get any support from anyone from it, especially not as a young woman. But Robyn is persistent, manages to find her camels and funding (even if that funding means that she has to be confronted with photographer Rick (Adam Driver)) and is off across the desert.
Tracks tells an interesting story about an interesting woman. It has some pacing issues but it is good to watch.
I think my major issue with the film was that it failed to transport the loneliness that Robyn is desperately looking for with her trip into the desert and that she also achieves. The film is all about that quest but then cuts the actual part where she’s really on her own in the desert short, unfortunately. They probably were afraid that it would become boring but I wanted to experience Robyn’s loneliness alongside her. But as soon as she achieves it, the movie jumps in time.
Which is too bad because Mia Wasikowska would have been perfectly able to carry the film on her shoulders. In fact, the movie’s strongest scene was when [SPOILERS] Robyn’s dog dies and finally Robyn isn’t just alone as she wanted to be but she’s lonely and she can’t handle it at all. [/SPOILERS] They could have done more with that loneliness.
But even so it was interesting to watch Robyn – who doesn’t get glorified and who gets to keep her edges and her sharpness. And I also liked that the local aboriginal culture was included in the entire thing, too. Though I would have wished for a little bit more of that, too. Especially since Robyn’s guide remains a bit too magical for comfort.
The film was beautifully shot and it’s always good to see movies about women who accomplish big things and still get to keep their idiosyncracies. Since I don’t think I will b reading Davidson’s book, it was good to get the abridged cinematic version of her story.
Summarizing: Sure, watch it.