Ten Canoes Reviews

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January 2, 2016
Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 27, 2007
Sometimes all it takes to bridge the chasm of eons is a little humor.
August 2, 2007
Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity.
July 27, 2007
Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent.
July 19, 2007
Audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration.
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.
June 22, 2007
Australian director Rolf de Heer deftly mingles two styles of storytelling: cinema and aboriginal oral customs.
June 22, 2007
It taunts us with resolution and mysteries, then slaps our hand for reaching out for a conclusion. That's a natural expectation that the filmmakers are happy to subvert.
June 21, 2007
The particular and universal aspects of myth converge in an often humorous drama that illuminates the indigenous Yolngu people yet also echoes creation stories from other cultures.
June 6, 2007
The movie -- the first entirely in Australian Aboriginal languages -- is a marvel of warm collaboration and shared jokes about husbands and wives, shot both in dreamscape color and pristine black and white.
June 5, 2007
Although it sounds like the Aboriginal answer to a Harrison Ford kidnap thriller, this is actually a richly textured parable.
June 2, 2007
De Heer's indigenous action-comedy relies on its own puckishness a few times too many, but its tribute to the power of a well-spun yarn couldn't be more effective.
June 2, 2007
It's rather wonderful.
June 2, 2007
A richly layered folk-myth drama set among Australian Aborigine tribes in the Northern Territory.
June 1, 2007
A rollicking good story set a millennium ago among Australian aborigines, Ten Canoes is one of those cultural-building exercises that genuinely entertains.
June 1, 2007
It's not every director with a camera and curiosity about his fellow man who'd try a stunt like this. And it's not every viewer who'll be content just to watch and listen as the story slowly unfolds.
June 1, 2007
You've never seen anything like it.
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