This is a noir style film about a former detective who searches his dreams for clues to unravelling the mystery of his wife's murder. The movie is filtered through an inferno of hallucinogenic vignettes and set against a distinctively West Aussie backdrop - babes, bitumen, great whites, backyard pools and long hot nights. I loved the way flames and scorching heat are used throughout the film - they're the detective's over-heated insomniac visions, but they're also the lust that brings Max (main suspect for the murder) and Charlotte (detective's daughter) together. But flames and smoke are also used to suggest destruction - of love, memory, lucidity and closure.
A hallucinogenic summer noir cocktail spiked with suspense is concocted as the unexpected arrival of a stranger ignites an inferno of secrets and guilt, complicating the relationship between a father and his daughter.
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June 8, 2019