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

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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.

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Frances Djulibing
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Rolf de Heer
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David Gulpilil
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Troy Lum
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Bryce Menzies
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Sue Murray
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Domenico Procacci
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Critic Reviews for Charlie's Country

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    August 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Australia offers few sights as sublime as that of David Gulpilil.

    July 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film gets some of its power from the fact that Charlie's story tracks pretty closely with that of the actor playing him. But just some of its power.

    June 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Using a combination of bleak realism, fatalistic humor and a healthy dose of sentimentality, Mr. de Heer traces the downward spiral of a man who has become a refugee in his own homeland.

    June 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The whole film feels not like a call to arms against Australian policies, so much as a study of life adjacent to them.

    June 4, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 25, 2015
    "Charlie's Country" is a different kind of Australian apocalyptic movie than the ones we're used to seeing. While on a much smaller scale, the movie is no less concerned with the current state and fate of the Aboriginal population. That is embodied in Charlie(David Gulpilil, who also co-wrote with director Rolf de Heer) who once danced in front of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House. Through a series of tragicomic misadventures in the present day, he comes to realize that the old ways are gone forever. What makes his situation even worse is that the old ways of Aboriginals were not replaced by anything. At best, they are treated like children. At worst, they are treated like criminals.
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