Cannes Film Review: ‘Charlie’s Country’

Originally posted on Variety:

The tangled tale of Aboriginal relations in Australia is rendered richly personal in director Rolf de Heer’s 14th dramatic feature, “Charlie’s Country.” Anchored by the charismatic, tragicomic performance of indigenous icon David Gulpilil, a veteran of “Walkabout,” “The Last Wave,” “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” plus de Heer’s “The Tracker” and “Ten Canoes,” this atmospheric and cautionary tale of a “Blackfella” caught between two cultures has all the makings of a solid arthouse performer.

The irony of the title is soon made clear. “You white bastard!” Charlie (Gulpilil) calls almost affectionately to the policeman Luke (Luke Ford) in the small Northern Territory Aboriginal community he calls home, only to get the inevitable response of “you black bastard.” But as Charlie goes about his daily tasks, it soon becomes clear he is chafing against the encroaching white laws that increasingly separate him from his traditions. His friends are faring no better, as he runs…

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