On the one hand a good coming of age story, and good enough in that respect, but it also provides a critique of our modern Western world (albeit not subtly) when contrasted with the ancient Aboriginal way of life. The cinematography is excellent and Roeg makes use of some interesting editing techniques. Perhaps a tad romantic for some but I liked it.
How miserable is the Western world? How frequent ecstatic moments? An idyllic portrait of the primordial that comparatively denounces civilization, with its property rights that banish the lost, murderous technologies, and "knowledge," as heard on cassettes and radio signals, equivalent to "that that is, is." No, this seems to say reason and critical thinking are to our spiritual detriment. Time to move to Hawaii.