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September 19, 2014

At the Movies: Film tracks epic journey across Australian desert

AP Film Writer

The movies, it seems, are increasingly headed down paths in the woods, out to open water and, in the case of John Curran's excellent new film “Tracks,” into the deepest reaches of the Australian desert.

Surely our desire to disconnect, to feel the harshness of nature and the quiet of solitude feeds into the appeal of films like last year's near-wordless sea adventure “All Is Lost” with Robert Redford or the upcoming “Wild,” in which Reese Witherspoon hikes the Pacific Coast Trail. But while those movies have their attributes, I'll take “Tracks” for the way it subtly and unsentimentally builds emotionally, step by step, across 1,700 miles.

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