Tanna Reviews

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August 6, 2019
The Yakels allowed Dean considerable access into their lives and stories, all of which color Tanna's impressive results.
March 21, 2019
Tanna combines visual beauty, sympathetic characters, and an underlying message concerning cultural survival into a rich viewing experience.
March 6, 2019
Some sequences sag, through little more than familiarity, but Tanna largely engages and, when the rhythms really click, moves with spine-tingling depth.
October 5, 2018
Tanna has an elemental beauty that is difficult to resist, and the lives and rituals of the Vanuatuan tribes are captured with a superb degree of fidelity and sensitivity.
August 25, 2018
Tanna is an exquisite story of survival, evolution, grief, anger and desire: not just romantic desire, but that for both revenge and peace.
August 3, 2018
What makes Tanna feel particularly genuine is the pacing of its scenes.
November 14, 2017
... an impossible love story derived in the most suggestive travel guide. [Full review in Spanish]
September 15, 2017
The cast had never seen a movie camera before, let alone acted; and their costumes amount to grass skirts and penis sheaths (their habitual wear). Yet their candid performances put many trained thespians to shame.
August 24, 2017
Tanna grows compellingly urgent, its Romeo-and-Juliet story becoming the story of that people's survival.
August 23, 2017
Tanna isn't an exercise in voyeuristic exoticism.
July 15, 2017
The human foreground isn't always that interesting, but the natural backdrop here is truly amazing.
June 2, 2017
The film uses its 100 minutes smartly. Emotional notes are hit neatly and refreshingly.
June 1, 2017
Aussie co-directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean prize authenticity over conventional drama.
June 1, 2017
What you'd expect from a foreign-language Oscar nominee: it's gorgeous, earnest and conventional, providing Western filmgoers with a glimpse of an isolated, defiantly anti-industrial milieu while ultimately affirming Western liberal individualist values.
March 7, 2017
No film in this genre comes close to "Tanna" in terms of story-telling expertise, acting by non-professionals, cinematography, music and political insight.
February 21, 2017
It's a familiar tale pitting selfish desire against the greater good, but it's like nothing you've ever seen thanks to the wondrous South Pacific landscapes.
February 16, 2017
A tale of star-crossed love that is as poignant as the insights are acute into vanishing tradition and the changing status of women.
February 16, 2017
An open-throated and universal call for change from within.
February 16, 2017
There's a magnetism between the two leads which makes their plight all the more moving.
February 9, 2017
The scenery throughout is elemental in force: sparking lava, lapping waves, volcanic dust and gnarled kava roots create an almost mythical atmosphere.
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