Last Ride (Australia): A man and his small son are trekking across the Australian outback. The raggedy-looking father (Hugo Weaving in fine, funky form) is a small-time criminal fleeing after an act of violence witnessed by his otherwise innocent child, Chook (Tom Russell). While Kev (Weaving) is zealous in protection of the boy, his own erratic behavior puts both of them in jeopardy, and precocious Chook begins to shed his innocence.
Director Glendyn Ivin treats the escape tale as a ruggedly lyrical outdoor adventure. Harsh and radiant landscapes become integral to the action, even as the father-son relationship edges toward new moral awareness for both.