as Julian Branch
as Emily Penning
as Lady Cora
as Sir Harry
as Forest Girl
as Forest Girl
Critic Reviews for Savages
The film, within its own limited and minor ambitions, succeeds admirably.
Feels like lesser Luis Bunuel (or Derek Jarman); it's an intriguing short-film idea stretched out to feature length, worth a glance primarily as an artifact of its time.
the one-joke premise quickly wears thin
Audience Reviews for Savages
In "Savages," the Mud People are about sacrifice a human to their gods when they are interrupted by a mysterious round object rolling into their camp. Following it back to its source, they capture a member of a rival tribe. That path leads to a wondrous dwelling, full of shiny objects and furs... Well, you have to admit it. "Savages" is different. And not just because it is a Merchant/Ivory movie about a group of primitives who suddenly find themselves in a Merchant/Ivory film, done in a mixture of styles including silent movies, about a decade before those names became synonymous for politely restrained period pieces.(Added to the chronal displacement is an impossibly young Sam Waterston not playing somebody who pontificates at the drop of a hat.) At least, here the social criticism and satire is less obtuse than usual, especially on the subject of colonialism with a little genderbending thrown in for good measure, along with a special emphasis on the thin line between civilization and savagery. Plus, croquet.
You can take the Mud People out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of the Mud People. And beneath our civilized facades,we're all Mud People.
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