"I’ll take 'Looking For Grace' for 500, Alex."
"Here’s the answer: She stole a substantial amount of money from the family safe and in on the way to see a concert with her best friend."
"What is; why Grace ran away."
And so it goes on, the film ‘Looking for Grace’ runs the entire 100 minutes with answers first, questions later, like a giant 'Jeopardy' game. Shown from the perspective of five different characters - some central, some not so much - the film bounces from parody to comedy to drama like you’re on a nauseating jumping castle.
Teenager Grace (Odessa Young) has run away with her best friend. They’re on a bus in the middle of nowhere going god knows where. They meet a cute boy on the bus. Back home, Denise (Radha Mitchell) struggles to get hold of her husband Dan (Richard Roxburgh) upon discovery of Grace’s disappearance. They call friends, family and even an elderly private investigator to help find their daughter, while keeping their own secrets as well.
It’s hard to get a run on anything happening in the first half of this film. With no context and no answers to your mounting questions, your investment - other than sheer curiosity - is near nonexistent. And yet, a giggle here and a secret there, you find yourself slowly transfixed. Set and shot in Western Australia, each saturated frame becomes a work of pristine art juxtaposing the onscreen conflict. Writer/director Sue Brooks ('Japanese Story') has delivered a fascinating look at a single family unit and the layers it holds for each of its members. While ‘Looking for Grace’ is a slow burn, its evolving beauty becomes more and more satisfying... right up until the end when Brooks makes a decision that can only be described as baffling.
This film is funny yet sad. Dark yet light. Fast yet slow. It’s disconnected yet unifying. A total contradiction that will eventually hook you in the most bizarre way.