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Ten Canoes (2007)

Ten Canoes (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Ten Canoes combines adventure, comedy, and anthropology to explore an Aborigine folk tale both fallibly human and legendary. Helmer Rolf de Heer depicts a barely represented oral tradition with a clean style.

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A fusion of Yolngu and Western mythologies, set in Arnhem Land 120 years ago, the story tells a Yolngu tale before the first white contact.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
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Cast

Crusoe Kurddal
as Ridjimiraril
Jamie Gulpilil
as Dayindi/Yeeralparil
Richard Birrinbirrin
as Birrinbirrin
Peter Djigirr
as Canoeist/The Victim/Warrior
Peter Minygululu
as Minygululu
Frances Djulibing
as Nowalingu
Johnny Buniyira
as Canoeist/Warrior
Philip Gudthaykudthay
as The Sorcerer
David Gulpilil
as The Storyteller
Michael Dawu
as Canoeist/The Stranger
Julie Djelrr
as Camp Woman
Madeline Gaykamangu
as Camp Woman
Valerie Malibirr
as Camp Woman
Rico Pascoe
as Honey Boy/Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Ten Canoes

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (25)

Sometimes all it takes to bridge the chasm of eons is a little humor.

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity.

August 2, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent.

July 27, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's worth putting up with the meandering story to see the aboriginal world shown from a fresh perspective.

July 26, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Ten Canoes is a celebration of the art of storytelling, and of the power of stories to transcend all barriers of space, time and language. This is a movie with sheer magic in it.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ten Canoes

½

Surprisingly frank and irreverent.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer

½

Philosophy of the wise and of the Methuselah.Now really,the ancient language fashion is withering,yes?Unless you bring a true auteur with the name of Rolf de Heer and condemn Mr. Gibson to eternal damnation.Pure and locomotive direction and the b/w interaction with the vibrant antique era is engaging to the folktale narration.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Simple aboriginal tales of their ancestors' tribes, with typical humour.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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