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Sweet Country (2017)




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Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam's relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.


Critic Reviews for Sweet Country

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Sweet Country has a shaggy, digressive eccentricity common to Ozploitation cinema, not to mention a humane understanding of its characters ...

September 14, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The story is both fresh and archetypal; the landscape both hard and delicate - and beautifully observed.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The spare, classical chase drama that ensues is seeded with barbed observations on colonialism, cultural erasure and rough justice, kept poetically succinct by Thornton's lithe, soaring visual storytelling.

September 7, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth.

September 7, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a slice of Australian history that an indigenous director such as Thornton is best equipped to depict; only by confronting the racism of a bygone period can we hope to understand why racism is still so prevalent in this "sweet country."

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It confirms Thornton as a perceptive director, one whose absence at this level has been felt.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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