Movie Review – Dry (2021)

Dry, 2021.

Directed by Robert Connolly.
Starring Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Matt Nable, Eddie Baroo, Martin Dingle Wall, Bruce Spence, BeBe Bettencourt, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Miranda Tapsell, Renee Lim, James Frecheville, William Zappa, Nick Farnell, Joe Klocek, Sam Corlett, Claude Scott-Mitchell, Bessie Holland and Francine McAsey.



Aaron Falk returns to the tragic funeral of his hometown of drought. But her return opens a decades-old wound – the unresolved death of a teenage girl.


The restlessness of the viewers sets the sound right from the start, Dry opens with a distressing image depicting the immediate aftermath of a double murder suicide. A woman is lying in the front door hallway shot and bloody, as is a young boy somewhere outside the camera. The only sounds that fill this screen of insane violence are the buzzing flies and the cries of the babies fortunately spared. As such, the mystery has been set up in the small town of Kiewarra, Australia, which seems to be in the midst of a two-year drought with no end in sight.

It’s based on Jane Harper’s novel of the same name, written and directed by Robert Connolly (in collaboration with the screenplay with Harry Cripps and Samantha Strauss), this is a rather complex whodunnit that involves two separate deaths every 20 years. share connection. The investigation is led by Aaron Falk (Eric Bana, returning to film strongly with one of his best performances here), a federal agent called back to a dusty city with dark secrets because he was once best friends with Luke, a man accused of shooting down his wife and little boy before took his life. Kiewarra doesn’t like Aaron’s return too kindly, as his initial departure all those years ago was obscured by a suspicion of a different kind of murder, and perhaps more reprehensible, a murder that Luke either committed himself or helped his friend get away with by working with the alibi.


The two people are happy with Aaron’s reinstatement and would be Luke’s parents who firmly believe that their son is incapable of murder and that something else must have been going on. After some request and persuasion, Aaron decides to get a hotel room and collaborate with local deputy Greg Raco (Keir O’Donnell). At this point, we get some procedural interviews and a critical assessment of the clues collected. The returns are also perfectly entered into the account from Aaron’s perspective; memories of a troubled young woman named Ellie, who was tragically found drowned as she planned to meet her by the lake, the place gradually rose to an emotional value closer to it.

The result is a double investigation that explores a city with many secrets, lies, guilt, and shame. Almost every character feels somehow responsible for Elli’s death, but it seems they may not have learned of this tragedy and are immediately in the same situation as Karen’s loss. Fascinatingly, Dry sometimes it seems less worrying about the straightforward and clear disclosure of the identities of both killers (perhaps they are not even the same person and the cases are less connected than they seem to be), wisely honing the psychological assessment of cyclical tragedy and how these townspeople have allowed such gloom to be repeated. It’s a rare murder mystery portrayed so compulsively by a wide range of complex characters that it might not be dark unless black-and-white answers are found.


I say one major revelation nonetheless Dry is still tricky to figure out and character focused. And while it seems like there could be a little more depth and exploration behind its surprises, the path that leads both the characters and the viewers down is emotionally contagious and embarrassing. Together with stunning landscapes, photographer Stefan Duscio, who conveys loneliness and compositions that evoke the city to swallow its inhabitants so they can’t escape, Dry fits in a gloomy, exciting and reflective tone with stunning images. The silence and subtlety of Eric Bana’s performance suggest the reality of this city that even the friendliest characters have a dirty little secret. All of these revelations compress the beat.

Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a Flickering Myth review editor. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to

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