Charlie’s Country (2013)

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An Aboriginal man, Charlie (David Gulpilill) struggles to connect to a modern Australian society in which he finds himself to be alien in.

This was yet again another course-based film.

I have seem other films which feature Gulpilill. However, here he is very much to the fore and his performance is spellbinding. It took me a while to get used to the flow of the film itself, because its pacing is rather slow and I wasn’t sure what genre it fits into.

The film itself is a film of outsiders, with focus on the indigenous Australins who are looked on as outsiders by modern day Australia. It also defines the definition of “Home” and belonging in a world rapidly changing. In his role, Gulpilill was spellbinding and the comedic elements were enchanting. Gulpilill’s face is more often than not used to express the unexpressable and this is done with beautiful clarity.

While I did not cry when watching this film, it touched somewhere deep within my soul and made me think for a long time afterwards about cultural contradictions and the continual battle for survival in a world which is not so kind to those who are outsiders.

Well worth a watch if you are a fan of Australian cinema.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****




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