Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ten Canoes

Australia 2006

Details  imdb

Seen 14 September 2008

This is a native Australian community story within a story. The style is languid, long winded and may take days if we follow the story line religiously until the end. A long forgotten, story telling culture of one of the oldest human settlers of the continent makes the film unforgettable.

The interaction between man and woman, tribes and the virtues of patience and responsibility are some of the points to ponder in the story. An elder’s role as the guide for the impatient younger generation seems to cut across cultural boundaries. Men are the same throughout, after the food and shelter needs are satisfied. Thoughts turn to procreation and we get rivalry and jealousy coming into play.

We are all human.



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