The Last Wave (The Criterion Collection)
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"I will show you a dream," he responds. "A dream is a shadow...of something real."
And, when you think about it, so are films. They are literally shadows of something real - recorded on transparent strips and projected onto screens with bright lights. Watching a good film is like dreaming while awake.
Peter Weir's The Last Wave has very much the texture of a beautiful, disturbing dream. Before going Hollywood and losing his artistic teeth, he made evocative little gems like this one - full of unformed dread and pregnant with the possibility of mythic revelation.
The plot concerns a routine bar fight between some Aborigines in Sydney, Australia, that ends in the death of one of them. Lawyer David Burton is called in as a Public Defender. No big deal - except that the case seems to involve a lot more than a Saturday night celebration gone horribly awry. It may, in fact, have everything to do with an ancient prophecy marking the End of the Current Age - and a catastrophe of alarming proportions. Can Burton unravel the mystery of the prophecy - and of his own true nature - in time to avert the End of the World as we know it?
Like a dream, The Last Wave unfolds with its own kind of logic - a logic that finds only a vague counterpart to our everyday sort of concrete reasoning. It's persuasive, too, the way any powerful dream always is. It makes us believe dialogue like I quoted at the top of this review, even though people never really talk that way in real life.Read more ›
His Stepfather, Reverend Burton (Frederick Parslow), notices the change in David's demeanor during a weekend visit with the family and questions his Stepson on the matter. David confides in him with the statement, "I'm having bad dreams." As a conversation ensues David is reminded of a series of repetitive nightmares he had as a child. He would awaken in the morning to tell his parents that taxicab drivers came to him in dreams and took him on long drives during the night. That's why he was always tired in the morning.
Despite the ongoing dreams and a serious lack of sleep life must go on. He is assigned his first homicide case, he is to defend a group of aborigines in what appears to be a tribal ritual murder. The night before he is to meet his new clients he is visited by a young aborigine in another vivid dream. The unidentified man is holding a triangular rock containing some cryptic carvings and symbols. He stretches out his arm towards David as though offering him the stone.
This dream unexpectedly and dramatically takes human form the next day when he meets Chris Lee (David Gulpilil), one of the murder suspects. Chris just happens to be the aborigine in his dream.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
stunning story abt a lawyer caught between cultures--once you get into teh willing suspension of disbelief, the movie works wondersPublished 3 days ago by William P. Xander
A great mysterious almost metaphysical film illuminating much of Aborigine and European cultures in Australia.Published 1 month ago by Mar
I loved this movie and hadn't ween it in a long time. Still great. raises interestine issues.Published 1 month ago by Victor Young
This is not a "Great" film, but it is memorable. It marries modern man's sense of superior knowledge with the long memory of aboriginals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Spud's Place
I saw this movie back in 1977 when I wasn't even a teenager yet! To this day, I still remember this movie! Amazing! Riveting! A Must see Drama! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa A.
The movie was hard to understand. We had to watch it twice before we were able to get the gist of it. Additionally, it was extremely emotive...to the point of distraction.Published 5 months ago by Daphne Perry
Peter Weir's Top Seven
1. Picnic At Hanging Rock
2. The Last Wave
3. The Plumber
6. The Truman Show
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Excellent, albeit dated movie. The psychological theme, however, is eternal and the closing scene in the cave of dreams speaks volumes about visions and oral traditions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Contrarius
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