No one makes a film about a woman who walks across the Australian outback in order to conquer the box office, but Tracks deserves to find an audience—not least because director John Curran (We Don't Live Here Anymore) has done the story justice. Like the upcoming Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Tracks is adapted from a memoir, and while Curran never presses the point, it's a deeply feminist work. Even today, women don't chuck it all to walk 1,700 miles across the desert, but Robyn Davidson (the perfectly cast Mia Wasikowska) made her trek in 1977. When National Geographic gets wind of the scheme, they offer to sponsor her. She'd prefer to go it alone, but she needs money, so she agrees. With a dog, four camels, and occasional visits from a photographer (Adam Driver), she walks. And walks. And it isn't the least bit boring (look for a cameo from Uluru/Ayers Rock, the star of Picnic at Hanging Rock). Good things happen, bad things happen, but there are no life lessons or fancy rewards. Instead, Curran offers a character study about one of the rarest sights in Western cinema: a well-adjusted female loner. recommended

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