CHARLIE'S COUNTRY

Dir. Rolf de Heer

2014 | 108 min | Australia | English & Yolngu | Drama

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Synopsis

Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up when his gun, his newly crafted spear and his best friend’s jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way. However Charlie hasn’t reckoned on where he might end up, nor on how much life has changed since the old days...

  • It's a gorgeous film, and [David] Gulpilil (who co-wrote it with [Rolf] de Heer) is impeccable in it.
    NPR
  • [A] compassionate, clear-eyed drama about the contemporary Aboriginal condition.
    Variety
  • Unlike those in many art-house releases, this wilderness is not an abstract arena for playing out alienation but a living, breathing land with deep, abiding significance for Charlie and his fellow Aborigines cast adrift.
    The New York Times
  • The movie is distinguished by its graceful camera movement and fluid sense of narrative.
    The A.V. Club
 
 

Awards  

Best Actor - Cannes Film Festival

Best Film - Film Critics Circle of Austrailia

Best Director - Film Critics Circle of Austrailia


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