CHAR­LIE’S COUN­TRY (M)

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This stark, af­fect­ing drama is a pas­sion project for long­time col­lab­o­ra­tors David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer. Dur­ing a trou­bled per­sonal pe­riod for Gulpilil, the ac­claimed di­rec­tor de Heer ( The Tracker, Ten Ca­noes) per­suaded the charis­matic ac­tor to chan­nel his cre­ative en­er­gies into a story wor­thy of film­ing. Gulpilil's in­tense and in­trigu­ing re­sponse is a par­tially au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal yarn about an indige­nous man fac­ing a per­sonal cri­sis rel­a­tively late in life. There is no point in try­ing to find the point where the real Gulpilil ends, and the char­ac­ter of Char­lie be­gins. The ac­tor keeps shift­ing it as he pleases, of­ten as­ton­ish­ingly so (a feat which re­cently landed Gulpilil a pres­ti­gious Best Ac­tor win at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val).

David Gulpilil

Miranda Otto and Glo­ria Pires

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