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.
A shocking and fascinating portrayal of how western culture has bastardised aboriginal culture and its consequences on aboriginal people. Also, on the dark side of aboriginal culture and how it has been turned into a commodity. Also, on how people from aboriginal communities can find no sense of belonging in urban Australia and the brutal way in which they are still treated. Those Ana Gabriel songs are amazing!
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.