Sam­son & Delilah

ABC1, 8.30pm, M ( 2009)

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Hope­fully a sign of more good things to come from Aus­tralian cin­ema, this film is a shin­ing light of cre­ativ­ity, re­straint and sen­si­tiv­ity, and di­rec­tor War­wick Thorn­ton was a de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent of the Cam­era d’Or prize at Cannes. At its heart a love story be­tween two Abo­rig­i­nal teenagers, this hon­est, bleak tale ex­poses the re­al­ity of life in the poverty-stricken com­mu­ni­ties of cen­tral Aus­tralia, but does so without preach­ing or clum­sily tug­ging at view­ers’ heart­strings. First-time ac­tors Marissa Gib­son and Rowan McNa­mara bring un­der­stated strength and vul­ner­a­bil­ity to their roles as the tit­u­lar pair, and the pace of the story is just as sub­tle and mes­meris­ing.

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