Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Tracks.
Tracks.

Review

Tracks Add to ...

  • Directed by John Curran
  • Country U.K./Australia
  • Language English

In 1977, a 27-year-old woman named Robyn Davidson walked 2,700 kilometres across the Australian desert, accompanied only by her dog and four camels that she trained to carry her gear. She wrote her story, first for National Geographic, which funded her trek, and later in a book, Tracks, which became an international cult hit. This movie, starring Mia Wasikowska as Davidson, does exactly what it’s supposed to do: It takes you deep inside her journey, both physically (you can feel the sand on your skin) and psychically. The film opens with a quote from Davidson, admitting that she travelled because she felt at home nowhere – which makes her a perfect fit with Wasikowska, an actress who reveals a lot on screen, yet always keeps part of herself stubbornly private. By the end, you not only feel you’ve gone somewhere hugely worthwhile, you’re also left marvelling, like Davidson, at why people choose to cling to unhappy lives rather than shake them off and search for something else.

More Related to this Story

At VIFF: Oct. 6, 9 p.m., Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts; Oct. 9, 1 p.m., Playhouse

Watch this film’s trailer and rate how much you want to see it.

Follow on Twitter: @JoSchneller

In the know

Most popular video »

Highlights

More from The Globe and Mail

Most Popular Stories