Charlie's Country

2015

Charlie's Country

Critics Consensus

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

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Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (David Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community's traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up when his gun, his newly crafted spear, and his best friend's jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way. However Charlie hasn't reckoned on where he might end up, nor on how much life has changed since the old days.... (C) Monument Releasing

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Critic Reviews for Charlie's Country

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (2)

  • Charlie's Country is passionate, beautiful and bittersweet as it expresses a poignant tale of vulnerability, rage and sorrow.

    May 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • David Gulpilil stole my heart with his performance in Charlie's Country, an Australian film that represents Indigenous culture in a way that is not told solely from a white perspective.

    January 8, 2019 | Full Review…

    Tara Judah

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  • There are laughs here as well as moments of devastation, thankfully, and genuine joy.

    September 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Charlie's Country is a deceptively simple film, with very little action and a virtually absent soundtrack-but it's much more than that.

    June 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is entirely Gulpilil's show, and even in the simplest, quietest moments he's riveting. It's one of the key performances in any of de Heer's films and, basically, magnificent.

    August 10, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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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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