Lake Mungo. 2008. Australia. Written and directed by Joel Anderson. With Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger. 88 min.
Director Joel Anderson’s sole feature is a mysterious meditation on the alienation and desperation of grief. Small-town teenager Alice Palmer drowns on a family vacation, and her brother becomes determined to capture her ghost on camera. Part mockumentary, part found-footage horror, and part salute to Twin Peaks, Lake Mungo reminds us the ultimate terror is losing those we love—or is it never knowing them at all?