Samson, a cheeky 15-year-old boy, and Delilah live in an isolated Aboriginal community in the Central Australian desert. The two teenagers soon discover that life outside the community can be cruel. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn’t always fair, but love never judges.
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A powerful if inert look at a familiar country through unfamiliar eyes. While the filmmaking is not especially refined, there are nonetheless potent similarities to the films of Roeg & Herzog; primarily in Thornton's blurring of fiction & documentary, but also in the way the city becomes like an alien landscape when viewed by two people marginalised by the prejudices of contemporary society. Bleak but fascinating.
The first truly great film about relationships I have ever seen (at the Kaunas Film Festival). Saw some really good films on the same subject since (In the Mood for Love stands out), but htis film remains in my all-time all-genres top-5.
still not sure how i feel. it's very close to the director's heart as a native man from a place that so often shuns them. to me there's a lot of poverty porn and dead space. but there's not doubt in my mind it's very culturally significant. i just couldn't take the constant beating down--although i assume that's the point
I was abnormally bored while watching this film. I normally like films with little dialogue, which pay special attention to sound design, which rely on the psychological potency of silent gestures. But this film just fell flat. The absence of style, the absence of story, the absence of characters with whom I can sympathise, its complete inability to emotionally stir me, all combine to make this film a dud.