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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Jamie Gulpilil
Crusoe Kurddal
Directors
Rolf de Heer
Peter Djigirr
Screenwriters
Rolf de Heer
Running Time
92 minutes

Ten Canoes
The lovesick blues — Aboriginal style


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Plot
A thousand years ago in Northern Australia, ten Aboriginal men head out into the swamp to harvest goose eggs. Among them is young Dayindi (Gulpilil), who fancies one of the wives of tribal elder Minygululu (Peter Minygululu). Minygululu tries to defuse the situation by telling Dayindi a story of their ancestors.


Verdict
Ten Canoes is a rare and valuable movie, providing fascinating insight into another culture without pandering or being stuffy. Seek it out — swim if you have to.


Reviewed by Sam Toy

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