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Ten Canoes Reviews

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September 15, 2017
A beautifully told story, which captures indigenous Australia with warmth and humour.
January 2, 2016
Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.
July 24, 2009
A unique and entertaining blend of anthropology and cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2009
The fable is a fascinating ethnographic document that satisfies just like any well told story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 31, 2007
Really a fairly amazing achievement: an engrossing, witty cultural document that doesn't feel staid in the least. All this, plus spear fights.
October 27, 2007
Sometimes all it takes to bridge the chasm of eons is a little humor.
September 15, 2007
A study of community and ritual, Ten Canoes celebrates as it contemplates, emphasizing the fact that this collection of stories, Gulpilil's story in its many layers, is seen.
September 7, 2007
As much an anthropology exercise as a cinematic experience, the Australian Ten Canoes goes back nearly a millennium to immerse us in the lives of the Aborigines who survived on the land centuries before the arrival of Europeans.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2007
A new and different kind of cinematic mythmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2007
Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 27, 2007
Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2007
... a top-flight example of cinematic storytelling ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2007
Audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 19, 2007
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.
July 13, 2007
Australian writer-director Rolf de Heer is an extremely visual filmmaker, and his images stay with you. Ten Canoes' authenticity is guaranteed by a close collaboration with the Aboriginal community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2007
It is rare that film can transport its audience to a strange, unfamiliar, yet entrancing world. Ten Canoes, an Australian movie that tells an ancient Yolngu tale, presents such an extraordinary experience.
July 6, 2007
A wonderful celebration of storytelling that should translate to any audience in any world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2007
...takes us deep into another world while telling a story of the human condition with wisdom, heart and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 24, 2007
One of the best films of the year and what will become an ageless standard in preserving and depicting aborigine culture and the tragicomedy of the human race.
| Original Score: 8/10
June 22, 2007
Australian director Rolf de Heer deftly mingles two styles of storytelling: cinema and aboriginal oral customs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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