Charlie's Country

Charlie's Country

Charlie's Country

Screen veteran David Gulpilil won Best Actor (Un Certain Regard) at Cannes for his portrayal of Charlie - an aboriginal elder who goes bush after sensing the disappearance of traditional values. From director Rolf de Heer (Bad Boy Bubby), his third collaboration with Gulpilil following Ten Canoes and The Tracker.

"Charlie (Gulpilil) is getting older, and he's out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't generally make much sense, and Charlie's kin and ken seeming more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in doing so sets off a chain of events in his life that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat the wiser." (Adelaide Film Festival)

Un Certain Regard - Best Actor (Gulpilil) winner at Cannes Film Festival 2014
2013Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language108 minsAustralia
Drama
Director:
Rolf de Heer ('Ten Canoes', 'Bad Boy Bubby', 'The Tracker')
Writer:
Rolf de HeerDavid Gulpilil
Cast:
David GulpililPeter DjigirrLuke FordRitchie Singer

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

flicks

Important. Powerful. Worthy. If these are the kind of words that draw you to a film, you’re in the minority, but get thee to a cinemateque! For if someone hasn’t yet described Rolf de Heer’s Cannes Festival offering Charlie’s Country as “a message for our times” then it’s only to make space for an acclamation that “this is what cinema is about.”

Great movie, great actors, great director. Really enjoyed seeing this at the NZ Film Festival

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

De Heer’s compassionate, clear-eyed drama about the contemporary Aboriginal condition is a showcase for veteran actor David Gulpilil.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

De Heer's pacing, repeated actions and images capture the quiet stillness of Charlie's life and asks the audience to carry with them a reflection and critical analysis of contemporary Australia.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Both a tribute and a singular life story about a man caught between two opposing cultures. A grim story, but there's beauty in it...

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A delicate but powerful film that functions as both a stinging depiction of marginalization and as a salute to the career of the remarkable actor who inhabits almost every frame.

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

flicks

Important. Powerful. Worthy. If these are the kind of words that draw you to a film, you’re in the minority, but get thee to a cinemateque! For if someone hasn’t yet described Rolf de Heer’s Cannes Festival offering Charlie’s Country as “a message for our times” then it’s only to make space for an acclamation that “this is what cinema is about.”

Variety

Variety

press

De Heer’s compassionate, clear-eyed drama about the contemporary Aboriginal condition is a showcase for veteran actor David Gulpilil.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

De Heer's pacing, repeated actions and images capture the quiet stillness of Charlie's life and asks the audience to carry with them a reflection and critical analysis of contemporary Australia.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Both a tribute and a singular life story about a man caught between two opposing cultures. A grim story, but there's beauty in it...

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A delicate but powerful film that functions as both a stinging depiction of marginalization and as a salute to the career of the remarkable actor who inhabits almost every frame.

Great movie, great actors, great director. Really enjoyed seeing this at the NZ Film Festival

5.0