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.
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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