Charlie's Country Reviews

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.
July 16, 2015
Australia offers few sights as sublime as that of David Gulpilil.
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 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
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.
July 17, 2014
These films are a powerful window on Aboriginal culture, made as a collaboration, rather than by a helicopter director. In every sense, they're a gift to the nation.
July 14, 2014
It's de Heer's triumph. Most of his films have been about outsiders and this one is the most eloquent of all, a poignant expression of his talents as a filmmaker and his sensitivity and generosity as a human being.