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October 1, 2016
This was such an great movie! I really enjoy movies that have a strong moral concept behind it. This was a very good heart felt movie, that would have you thinking; what would "you" do in that situation! Rabbit-Proof Fence is one of those movies that kind of gives you a "wake-up" call of how other peoples race, traditions, religions, and lifestyles are treated in some other places. But even though this movie was based in 1931; unfortunately things like that still happen to this very day, like in third world countries.
The plot is one of the main reasons why I thought this to be such an amazing movie. How the girls being taken away from their Aboriginal mothers at the beginning of the movie, really set up the dialogue of the movie so you could get a real good sense of what was going on. But to sum everything up; The setting of the movie is based in Western Australia in the year 1931; where the Government of the community, came up with a law to seize "half-caste" children of both aborigine and white parentage. 2 sisters, and a cousin were forcefully taken from their homes to live on a native settlement under the organizations control, to be "re-educated" to western ways; so they can become servants for the whites. So the oldest sister Molly plans to escape by utilizing the rabbit-proof fence which runs adjacent to Jigalong to navigate their way back home!
This movie relates to World Religions in many ways; mainly due to the fact that the girls were of a certain heritage that had their own traditional way of living and beliefs, that was frowned upon by another religion. I personally believe that I sought this movie to have a religious concept, from the faith in the 3 girls and how they didn't believe in the life style A.O Neville's government. Their faith in what they believe in was the moral of the story. I like how they remained true to what the believed in. Movies like this are always my favorite.
½ August 12, 2016
A striking film, both visually and storywise. The bittersweet nature of the film is investing.
July 17, 2016
Although it elides most real details in favour of an emotional overview, this story of three Aboriginal girls who escape from a virtual prison camp for "half-caste" girls is dramatically compelling and rewarding. It is also a didactic history lesson, telling viewers (worldwide) about Australia's policy of removing children from their families in order to propagate a vision of White Australia. This fear of Blackness is embodied by Kenneth Branagh who plays the official charged with overseeing the lives of Indigenous Australians in Western Australia in the 1930's when the film takes place. (Children were removed all the way up until 1970 - they are referred to as the "stolen generations" and an apology was only offered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008; this movie may have swayed public opinion). The acting by the three central girls, aged 14, 10, and 8 is a bit variable and the baddies are really bad but the film's episodic structure, where encounters with kindly and insidious Aussies are interspersed with beautiful landscapes and some voiceover narration, helps to keep things on track and elevates the film to a kind of fable. At the end, we see two of the girls as elderly adults as we discover that we have been watching a true story. Shame, shame, shame on Australia.
June 24, 2016
Pretty good. Despite the shortish length, there is a degree of padding, however, so does drag in places. Not as political, slanted or sentimental as I imagined, though, considering the timing of its release, there was a political agenda.

Great performances from all, including the kids.
June 23, 2016
Loved it again, second time round with the kids. Emma 10/10. Lucy 10/10. Charlotte 10/10. 23/06/2016.
May 5, 2016
With a dramatic score from Peter Gabriel and Kenneth Branagh's performances, the film is indeed a underrated one
April 5, 2016
Great evil is done by men who believe they are doing good.
February 17, 2016
Acting is subpar and the story isn't as compelling as it would like to be, as it seems the film makers are to interested in making the Caucasian audience have white guilt rather than displaying the characters hardships and struggle.
½ January 23, 2016
Powerful and inspiring journey within Australia's dark history.
½ January 10, 2016
A remarkable true story about home and perseverance.
½ January 1, 2016
A Lesson In How To NOT Assimilate Cultures. The Aussie Landscape Looks Beautiful Against This Hard To Swallow Issue. An Historical Piece Of Cinema Explores An Equally Historic Piece Of Australia's Past, Both The Fence & The Treatment Of Indigenous People Of The Land...Both The Fence & The Treatment Were Utter Policy Failures.
November 24, 2015
Rating: 80%
With excellent acting and a script that doesn't abandon its true-story elements, Rabbit-Proof Fence is an intriguing as well as smooth telling of the events that inspired it.
November 14, 2015
The movie Rabbit Proof Fence is a true story based on the book by Molly's daughter Doris Pilkington Garimara, and directed by Phillip Noyce. The story in the movie details the life of the Aboriginers the lost generation in West Australia. For hundred years the Aboriginal people has resisted the invasion of their lands by white settlers, but by the aid of the unfair law, "the Aboriginal Act" the Aboriginals were controlled in their lives in every detail. Aboriginal's Half-caste children were taken from their Aborigine mothers to be raised in camps where they have to let go their original language, culture and religion to enter the lifestyle to the white world.
One reason for the invading of Aboriginals cultural was the mistaken belief that Aborigines had no religion even though they follow indigenous religions. Disapproval of indigenous practices and customs has led to major reform movements. Such criticisms of indigenous religions have largely been based on the idea that the belief, teachings, and practices of indigenous religions are at best "primitive" deviations from Christianity or Islam and at worst heretical and sinful. Aboriginal religion, like many other religions, is characterized by having a god or gods who created people and the surrounding environment during a particular creation period at the beginning of time. Aboriginal people are very religious and spiritual, but rather than praying to a single god they cannot see, each group generally believes in a number of different deities, whose image is often depicted in some tangible, recognizable form. This form may be that of a particular landscape feature, an image in a rock art shelter, or in a plant or animal form.
Mr. Neville was chief protector of Aborigines in Western Australia for 25 years he retired in 1940. Under his command Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families throughout Australia until 1970 today many of the Aboriginal people continue to suffer the destruction of identity, family, life, and culture. That's why the Aboriginals has been called the Stolen Generations.
½ November 1, 2015
Not the most entertaining film i have ever seen but one that highlights the plight of the australian aborigines and the evil destruction of man.
June 15, 2015
Sometimes the smallest movies have the biggest impact.This is that type of movie.
½ March 30, 2015
This is a really nice film about survival. Usually movies like this are way too intense for a young audience, and some scenes are really sad, but for the most part it's an enjoyable experience. You worry about the girls, but you can tell they're strong girls from the beginning and they always pull through no matter what happens or how far they have to walk. Also, I don't cry watching movies very much, but when it showed the old women at the end who the movie is based on I did shed a few tears. I don't know anything about Australia and I didn't know this was a part of its history. I guess every nation has its sad stories.
March 14, 2015
What a sad but moving story
½ December 23, 2014
This movie is like in the Australian desert,it's beautiful but nothing really happens.
½ November 15, 2014
Quite good Australian drama/adventure film. Still very disappointing that the Stolen Generations exist and the Government supported the abduction of these Aboriginal children for so long. it's basically a "walking home" movie - but Noyce's film has much more emotional impact than Estevez's 'The Way' & Curran's 'Tracks', and is as good as fellow Australian Weir's 'The Way Back'. Decent ending, great score and moments of humour and heart throughout, with some Australian beautiful scenery thrown in. Main issue - needed more Gulpilil.
September 1, 2014
A haunting and powerful film retells a true-life story of a dark era of Australian history with beautiful landscape shots and superb acting
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