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3.5
94 Ratings

Sweet Country

Directed by Warwick Thornton
Australia, 2017
Western, Thriller

Synopsis

A period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.

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Sweet Country Directed by Warwick Thornton
This is a movie of visuals first and foremost; it’s no fluke that director Warwick Thornton shared cinematography duties with Dylan River. In addition to capturing stunning images, Thornton has a sleight-of-hand maestro’s joy in shuffling and fanning them. Lightning-fast cuts to flashbacks and flash-forwards keep the viewer on his or her toes in a bracing fashion.
April 06, 2018
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Hamilton Morris’s air of contemplative patience makes him a magnetic figure, while the distinctive rhythms and inflections of Aboriginal English-speaking style are one of the mesmerizing features of the film. Another is Thornton’s own cinematography, which allows us glimpses of poetic beauty between stretches of commanding austerity.
April 05, 2018
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Soulful and still, but never inert, “Sweet Country,” like its setting, has little time for women’s voices. Yet the movie has a mythic thrust that’s partly due to its almost playful manipulation of time, its silent flash-forwards lending the story a feeling of futility and predetermination.
April 05, 2018
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