Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes

A fusion of Yolngu and Western mythologies, set in Australia's Northern Territory 120 years ago, Ten Canoes tells a Yolngu tale before the first white contact.

Winner Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2006. Winner of 6 Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Film.
2006Rating: M, Moderate violence, Naturalistic nudity90 minsAustralia
AdventureComedyDrama
Director:
Rolf de Heer ('Bad Boy Bubby', 'The Tracker', 'Alexandra's Project')Peter Djigirr (feature debut)
Writer:
Rolf de Heer

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The first feature in an Australian Aboriginal language feels authentic to the core as it tells a cautionary tale set 1,000 years ago.

Time Out

Time Out

press

De Heer's indigenous action-comedy relies on its own puckishness a few times too many, but its tribute to the power of a well-spun yarn couldn't be more effective.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Once you become accustomed to the mystical vocabulary describing a world without modern science and technology, it amounts to using different terms to describe universal experience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An enchanting fable rich in authenticity and shot through with unexpected humor.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A rare and valuable movie, providing fascinating insight into another culture without pandering or being stuffy. Seek it out -- swim if you have to.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Although it sounds like the Aboriginal answer to a Harrison Ford kidnap thriller, this is actually a richly textured parable.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

The first feature in an Australian Aboriginal language feels authentic to the core as it tells a cautionary tale set 1,000 years ago.

Time Out

Time Out

press

De Heer's indigenous action-comedy relies on its own puckishness a few times too many, but its tribute to the power of a well-spun yarn couldn't be more effective.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Once you become accustomed to the mystical vocabulary describing a world without modern science and technology, it amounts to using different terms to describe universal experience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An enchanting fable rich in authenticity and shot through with unexpected humor.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A rare and valuable movie, providing fascinating insight into another culture without pandering or being stuffy. Seek it out -- swim if you have to.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Although it sounds like the Aboriginal answer to a Harrison Ford kidnap thriller, this is actually a richly textured parable.

4.0

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