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LOST AND FOUND

SYNOPSIS:
McKenzie Morgan (Brett Climo) is a rising architect, but he is increasingly disturbed by strange visions - of another version of himself. Reluctantly accepting an introduction from his boss and long time mentor Ebenezer Wrench (Nicholas Hope) to a psychiatrist, Kilroy (Frankie J. Holden), McKenzie remains deeply troubled, driven by demons he can't identify, finally turning away from his career and even his musician girlfriend, Hannah (Sharn Hammond), descending into isolation. Only when he breaks through his mind's denial of his childhood trauma does he recognize his demons.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
In many ways the story of Lost and Found is something you may find in a lecture in Psychiatry 101: a man's intense guilt about a childhood event has caused his mind to block out that event, but the guilt manifests in other guises. He must bring the event out of his mental closet, confront it and thus tame it.

If this is not a unique theme in films, what matters is how each version is told. In Lost and Found, David Blake unravels the mystery with sustained tension and controlled storytelling. Each piece of the story is like a jigsaw - a metaphor referred to in the film in the context of McKenzie's own problems. Some forgivable flaws aside, this is an intriguing and complex film, managing to maintain dramatic tension and deliver its final payload with well judged cinematic accuracy.

Brett Climo is effectively stretched as the often vulnerable, confused, tormented and almost destroyed McKenzie, with excellent support from Sharn Hammond as his caring, talented and understandably confused girlfriend. Frankie J. Holden is terrific as Kilroy the shrink, and Rebecca Gibney, in the demanding role of MacKenzie's traumatised and abused mother in the flashbacks, is affecting. But dear Nicholas Hope has a struggle with a fake and mysterious (and unnecessary) foreign accent that spoils the work he puts in on his characterisation.

The clever, cello-driven score by Caerwen Martin is mostly effective, although at times in the last act it almost grates with its intense and repetitive motif. Production values are perfectly adequate given the budget, and besides, Blake keeps the focus on the characters and their actions as a means of telling the story, using ever more revealing flashbacks.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

LOST AND FOUND (M)
(Aust, 2005)

CAST: Brett Climo, Franke J Holden, Nicholas Hope, Sharn Hammond, Rebecca Gibney

PRODUCER: David Blake, Katie Carmichael

DIRECTOR: David Blake

SCRIPT: David Blake

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alan Cole

EDITOR: David Blake

MUSIC: Caerwen Martin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Jackson

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: David Blake

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Melbourne & Brisbane: April 27, 2006; other cities to follow







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