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      Charlie's Country

      2013 1h 48m Drama List
      95% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 83% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Charlie (David Gulpilil), an Aboriginal man of Australia, struggles to navigate the society he finds himself in, especially when he tries to reconnect with the traditional ways of his people. Read More Read Less

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      Powerfully performed and beautifully directed, Charlie's Country uses its protagonist's personal saga to explore poignant universal themes.

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      Brad Wheeler Globe and Mail The upright art-houser is told in English and Yolngu, with English subtitles, but the message would be clear without any dialogue: Australia is no country for old Aborigine. Rated: 3/4 Aug 21, 2015 Full Review Peter Keough Boston Globe Australia offers few sights as sublime as that of David Gulpilil. Rated: 3/4 Jul 16, 2015 Full Review Tom Keogh Seattle Times A series of chapters in noble effort and misadventure alike, all captured with fluid camerawork trained on Gulpilil's every move or his long passages of mesmerizing stillness. Rated: 3/4 Jun 11, 2015 Full Review Diego Batlle Otroscines.com The film - beyond some politically correct concessions - has beauty, sensitivity, and humor even in its denunciation. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 3.5/5 Sep 27, 2023 Full Review Stephen A. Russell The New Daily (Australia) Gulpilil, as the eponymous Charlie, dreams of returning to his people and traditional way of life, setting out on a quest across the unforgiving yet ethereally beautiful bush. He's a joy to watch. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 26, 2020 Full Review Danielle Davenport One Room With A View Charlie's Country is passionate, beautiful and bittersweet as it expresses a poignant tale of vulnerability, rage and sorrow. Rated: 4/5 May 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      anne H Rolf De Heer is a brilliant film maker whose work examines the plight of indigenous Australians, sometimes bleak The Tracker to the joyous in Ten Canoes. Charlies Country is a beautiful study of an aging indigenous man whose quest is to return to country. In his quest he becomes ill and is found by his friend and is hospitalized in the city of Darwin. His journey stumbles when he becomes a victim of white mans law and is imprisoned as a result of a fracas with the police. He grapples with the boredom of prison life and the suffocating effect it has on indigenous people who are bonded with the land. David Gulpilil as Charlie is sublime as this proud elegant indigenous man. He is a wise man and his silence and stillness says so much. This is David Gulpilils finest performance and one of the finest I have seen on screen. He is truly mesmerizing on screen, and De Heers Direction is a labor of love of its subject. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review jack r Yeah not bad good for Australian culture Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dustin d Charlie's Country is a humorous and insightful look at life of an Aboriginal Australian in the repressive police state down under. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptional take on the outcome of colonisation and destruction of first Australians culture. Superbly directed and shot. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review mike v Charlie's Country is a 2013 Australian drama film directed by Rolf de Heer 🇦🇺 Meh, it passed the time. Sort of. 😕 While I can appreciate the sentiment here, the pacing of this movie is far too slow for my liking. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member love this movie very powerful Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Charlie (David Gulpilil), an Aboriginal man of Australia, struggles to navigate the society he finds himself in, especially when he tries to reconnect with the traditional ways of his people.
      Director
      Rolf de Heer
      Producer
      Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, Nils Erik Nielsen
      Screenwriter
      Rolf de Heer, David Gulpilil
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English (Australia)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 27, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.4K
      Runtime
      1h 48m
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