"By simply watching Charlie competently, confidently operating on his own in the verdant, beautifully shot wild spaces outside of town, de Heer gets across everything worth saying about assimilation and what’s lost when one culture devours another. It’s a rare ... showcase where [Gulpilil's] character gets to find his own way, instead of leading others where they need to go." - Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
Adds nothing new to the conversation about the "white man" taking away the rights and lands of the Aborigines... however... it tells its story quite beautifully and David Gulpilil gives a heartfelt and delightfully real performance. A wonderful - if depressing - drama about the colonialism problems in Australia.
Charlie's Country gives a good look into the harsh reality of Native Australians losing their culture to post colonialism. The film does a great job with its cinematography, showcasing the Australian Northern Territory, while also giving a first hand look into the life of Charlie, who tries to live happily and manage with the strict laws of Australia. This is a very real film and I'd recommend it to everyone.
The landscape and culture of the Australian bush is so unique and the cinematography and acting display it beautifully. The film depicts a complex relationship of both european and aboriginal cultures as they struggle and coexist. The film tells a serious story that is seldom focused on and in a world riddled in technology and modernity, I think it’s an important film to watch.
Charlies's Country holds a very heavy message encompassing the colonialism oppressing the indigenous people of Australia. With the influence of western culture over-taking the natives, this powerful film captures the story of how Australia's indigenous people cope with preserving their culture while living out their lives in an increasingly westernized world.
The cinematography was absolutely beautiful. However, there were rather long moments of silence. It also took the film a while to really hook me in, the beginning is confusing and very dull. The story itself was very deep and moving. The film does a great job of showing how the Australian government does a great deal of injustice to the aboriginal culture.
really warm and soulful and touching. it manages to show the aborigenal integration drama from a very human perspective without falling into predictable "goodies vs baddies" dialectics. Very beautifully shot and well acted...especially by David Gulpilil. Also the music is nicely chosen and delicately layered on the movie.
An old fella is punished for being aboriginal. In solitary protest he returns to the bush. Falling ill, he recuperates in Darwin and experiences aboriginal life in the city--that is, be becomes a homeless drunk. In prison, he longs for that which once treated him so poorly: the bush, his bush. Back home, he teaches kids a tribal dance. The indigenous experience is unsentimentally portrayed as fraught with ambivalence
FNC '14 De Heer and David Gulpilil co-wrote this quite moving and exasperating tale about longstanding government intervention on a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Australia. Gulpilil gives a moving performance capturing the complexities of a proud man beaten down by a system of racism and attempted eventual cultural annihilation. Incredible sequence of shearing that quietly sums up the film.