Tanna Reviews

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.
February 16, 2017
An open-throated and universal call for change from within.
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.
October 14, 2016
The performances here, from complete nonprofessionals, make you wonder whether acting is as much a natural inheritance as a trained craft.
September 29, 2016
The movie is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering that the cast had never seen cameras before - much less movies - yet still agreed to star in the drama.
September 22, 2016
You will be surprised at the effectiveness of the drama, of the convincing story of forbidden love between two young people and how it plays out in this kind of a closed culture.
September 21, 2016
While the story of "Tanna" is forgettable, the people are not.
September 15, 2016
Despite its best efforts, "Tanna" drifts into a mode of exoticism that renders it an ultimately frustrating experience.
September 15, 2016
Dean and Butler breathe new life into their premise - based on real-life circumstances that plagued Tanna's tribes in the '80s - through loving attentiveness to their setting's verdant colors and bustling sounds.
January 2, 2016
While in a narrative sense this ground has been walked many times before, the Yakel people's passion to tell this story is undoubtedly at the heart of the film's success.
November 5, 2015
This is a film that walks the line between elemental simplicity and corny formula, especially when the stars exchange glances in close-up accompanied by Antony Partos' rhapsodic music.