In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts
Two damaged strangers fall into a complex intimate relationship in Dustin Feneley’s beautiful and compelling debut feature film, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Southern Alps.
Jack (Kieran Charnock, ‘The Rehearsal’), a young man on parole for grievous bodily harm, holes up in a cabin in the mountains, close to the scene of the crime. Locked away in a prison of his own making, Jack one evening encounters Grace, far from her homeland and seeking refuge. Played by the captivating Arta Dobroshi, star of the Dardenne brothers’ ‘Lorna’s Silence’, Grace’s own private struggles linger beneath her attraction to Jack. These enigmatic strangers drift into a relationship that promises to either hurt or heal.
Hailed by critics as one of the best New Zealand films ever made, ‘Stray’ demands to be seen.
Critics Reviews for Stray
- “It's terrifically bracing to watch a character study that doesn't patronise its audience.” – Amanda Jane Robinson, Flicks.co.nz
- “While not an apolitical film…Feneley never lets social commentary overpower his narrative, constantly returning to the internal struggle, and never romanticising the damage his protagonists suffer from.” – Doug Dillaman, 4:3
- “Stray is a quiet and internalised film that will demand your attention and compassion to really appreciate. A resolution – of sorts – when it arrives, is conveyed in a single, wordless shot.” – Graeme Tuckett, Stuff.co.nz
- “It is an iceberg of a film – what appears above the surface barely scratches at the behemoth of emotion lurking within.” – Tom Augustine, New Zealand Herald