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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
When you feel lost and alone, there's always someone there who will be there for you, if you allow it: yourself. Also, no goal is too farfetched or nutty if you prepare for it well and fully.
Positive Role Models
Robyn is steely, determined, and adventurous. She doesn't allow herself to be dissuaded from doing something incredibly important to her. And she's a loving and gentle owner to her dog, Diggity.
Violence & Scariness
A woman shoots at animals that are charging toward her. It's clearly a difficult choice; she loves animals but has to defend herself and her pets. A man speaks hatefully at a woman he has exploited for free labor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses and the next morning are shown waking up next to each other; it's implied that they've spent the night together. A woman is shown walking naked, her backside visible.
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"Bitch," "hell," "damn," "s--t," and "f--k" are all heard, though not constantly.
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Products & Purchases
Products/brands seen/mentioned include Nikon, National Geographic, Kodak, Toyota, and Time. But the film is actually more about stripping everything down to the essentials, with none of the accouterments and objects we usually acquire.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking early in the film.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tracks -- which follows Australian Robyn Davidson's trek on foot for 2,000 miles in the desert -- is an inspiring, thought-provoking film that will easily appeal to teens. The vibe of the movie is deeply thoughtful and sometimes melancholy, but those very characteristics could appeal to young people who are trying to figure out who they are. Characters swear (including "s--t" and "f--k"), and there are a couple of kisses, as well as the implication that a couple has spent the night together. A woman's naked backside is seen. There's some early social drinking and a fraught scene in which an animal lover is forced to shoot at charging creatures in self defense. The main character is a steely, determined, adventurous woman who learns that she can always be there for herself when things get tough. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Wasikowska inhabits the character of Robyn Davidson so completely in Tracks that it's difficult to know where the role ends and she begins. (The fact that she looks a lot like Davidson, as documented in the National Geographic articles that traced her passage, is almost beside the point.) Her elation is tangible, her anguish profound. The actress' subtly calibrated performance is so grounded -- no histrionics, no overplaying -- that it's hard to believe she didn't actually live through such a journey. That's what makes Tracks such a memorable film. That and the exquisite footage that director John Curran and cinematographer Mandy Walker capture of the desert at its harshest and most sublime. Davidson is but a tiny speck in some frames -- and a mighty giant struggling to command the elements, and her own demons, in others.
Perhaps the one complaint with Tracks is that its beginning is somewhat belabored by the build-up to Davidson's trip -- perhaps necessary but still weaker in comparison to the rest of the film. In its entirety, though, it's pretty close to sublime. Tracks is demanding. It requires viewers to be patient and mindful and to be comfortable with silences. It's a small price to pay.
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