At the end of a chat about her new film, “Stoker,” which opens in early March, I asked Mia Wasikowska about two upcoming films on her IMDb dosier — “Madame Bovary,” an adaptation of the classic Flaubert novel, and “Tracks,” a project set and shot in her native Australia.
On Emma Bovary, the depressed, daydreaming and hopelessly romantic 19th century housewife “Madame Bovary” —“In a way, she’s ahead of her time. Any woman of that era would have felt voiceless, in a way. It’s an incredible tragedy, watching her life unravel. But that’s what makes her exciting to play, that unraveling.”
And in “Tracks,” she plays a another woman ahead of her time — the adventure-minded Aussie Robyn Davidson, who went on a walkabout through the continent’s Western deserts, 1700 miles, with only a dog and a couple of camels for company.
“I had read the book and connected with Robyn’s story in a very personal way. It was such a radical thing to have done, as a woman, in the ‘70s in Australia. To up and leave and go into the desert and walk across it on your own, attempting something that even men hadn’t done at that time.
“It was quite the daring adventure. And since I had wanted to work at home again, it felt like the right film at the right time. It was wonderful to be there.”