Charlie's Country Reviews

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May 25, 2019
Charlie's Country is passionate, beautiful and bittersweet as it expresses a poignant tale of vulnerability, rage and sorrow.
January 8, 2019
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.
September 27, 2017
There are laughs here as well as moments of devastation, thankfully, and genuine joy.
June 20, 2017
Charlie's Country is a deceptively simple film, with very little action and a virtually absent soundtrack-but it's much more than that.
August 10, 2016
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 21, 2015
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 20, 2015
It's a beautifully photographed, unrelentingly bleak picture that works as a Rorschach test for the viewer's empathy.
July 16, 2015
Australia offers few sights as sublime as that of David Gulpilil.
June 22, 2015
Resonant and powerful.
June 11, 2015
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.
Top Critic
June 10, 2015
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 7, 2015
David Gulipil is Australia's gift to great film as always--in the latest he is also co-author of the screenplay that renders white injustice vividly, evoking Ferguson, Missouri.
June 5, 2015
Gulpilil's magnificent performance showcases the struggles that has existed between two cultures on the same land in Australia.
June 5, 2015
A quietly devastating film about the impact of colonialism and paternalism on Australia's indigenous people via one man's very personal journey.
June 4, 2015
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
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
Part of the movie's mischievous charm lies in De Heer and cinematographer Ian Jones' sophisticated use of Steadicam, which moves almost exclusively with Charlie, often seemingly in a struggle to keep up with his brisk, determined walk.
June 1, 2015
Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama's stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humor and even joy.
June 1, 2015
The tangled tale of Aboriginal relations in Australia is rendered richly personal in director Rolf de Heer's 14th dramatic feature, Charlie's Country.
June 1, 2015
[Charlie's Country] not only captures some of the sad realities of today but also tells a poignant and universal story of a man struggling to come to terms with his place in a changing society.
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