Samson and Delilah(2009)
Director Warwick Thornton's first feature, about a pair of outcast Aboriginal kids who flee from their tiny central Australian community. Winner of the Camera d'Or for Best First Film at Cannes in May.... More
It's not the taut poetry of Thornton's sublimely visual narrative style that people are talking about: it's violence and addiction in Aboriginal communities, and how they limit the options of young Samson and Delilah, two tender, uncertain kids whose spirits are sustained by little more than their teasing, unadmitted love for each other. The frankness with which Thornton depicts their descent into pariahdom in Alice Springs has a staunch matter-of-fact humanity about it, a determination to stand by one's own, that is both excruciating and stirring to behold. And though you may spend long passages of this film dreading what's coming next, Thornton always nurtures the hopefulness that allow us and his young protagonists a chance at redemption.Hide
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Alright, so the story of two Aboriginal kids fleeing from a violent community in central Australia doesn’t sound like much of a laugh, does it? But hold tight because, even though Samson and Delilah descends to some fairly grim depths, its focus on redemption makes the harsh journey worth the trek. In fact, it’s only in the final stretch of this slow-burning drama that we get a chance to reflect on what has come before and realise that it’s been a love story all along.... More
The lack of dialogue between the lead characters pushes believability levels but otherwise the film sweats authenticity. The actors are mostly first-timers, and they’ve all lived the experience (the elderly Mitijili Gibson was 35-years-old before she saw a white face). This is a film made by someone who knows what he’s talking about. It’s an honest representation of the rough experience of living in the dry, dusty, dirty, derelict desert of outback Australia.
Warwick Thornton’s debut feature is beautifully shot and cinematically crafted, especially with its use of inventive sound design. His ability to draw out the sensitivity in both his young actors and in the simple, unadorned storyline marks him as a unique, emerging Australian filmmaking voice.Hide
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Samson and Delilah
Not one nice scene for 99% of the movie.
and then sunlight...and her face and i was enraptured.
I was as happy to see that girl as Samson. I really believed she was gone.
A very new and gutsy experience that will be hard to surpass. Why? Because its real!
I didn't like the portrayal of the priest. No help for the suffering? But even as a believing Christian, I do believe most mainstream churches are fronts for big business. Guilty consciences keep them strong.
Moral:... More disaster before help.
societies failed indictment.
For that reason above most, this film is a five star victory.
Also met the film makers at Wintec in Hamilton New Zealand in 2008. They were showing the short film of the young aboriginal boy.Hide
Anon says the guy hardly takes is head out of a bag of glue fumes and there is pointless discussion to a pathetic situation...How can he not really see what this film portrays? How can he not be... More disturbed by it.
Well done Warwick Thornton!! I hope Australia recognises the insufferable tedious life experienced by many of the indigenous people of outback Australia
I say to you Anon. Born LuckyHide
The tagline on the poster "True Love" is just silly.. The guy hardly takes his head out of a bag of glue fumes.
I don't doubt that this film depicts reality for many. I just don't see what the film brings to the discussion other than wringing some pathos out of a miserable situation.
For a genuinely challenging film about disadvantaged people watch "Enjoy Poverty" a documentary by... More Dutch artist Renzo Martens.Hide
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