Cannes Film Festival: The Stranger, vibrant Australian thriller

CRITICAL – Director Thomas M. Wright was inspired by a real news item.

Directors’ Fortnight. Pale Australia serves as an implacable setting for The Stranger, capital thriller from which we do not come out unscathed. We first meet Henry Teague (Sean Harris). Bearded, silent, always on the alert, with a ferret’s nose on the lookout, this guy who lowers his eyes asks only to be forgotten. However, he soon befriends a stranger, as shaggy and hairy as him. One will lead the other into a vast and powerful criminal organization, thus offering him the possibility of redeeming himself after a violent past and making a new start. But what Henry doesn’t know is that Mark (notably sober Joel Edgerton) isn’t who he says he is.

The plot of this dusty thriller from Thomas M. Wright is damn devious. And yet, the film is inspired by a real news story: a child killer who has managed to escape justice is finally caught ten years later by cops who recognize him. But the man…

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