Walkabout (The Criterion Collection)
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Walkabout is somewhat similar to the style that Van Sant used in Elephant, and reportadley also in his films Gerry and Last Days, but it was done over 30 years prior. Its a beautiful film, told quite simply, over the course of an unkwown number of days. We get to know the characters, but not through back story, or by seeing them in their daily lives. The only thing we know about either one of them (the 14 year old girl and her six or seven year old brother) is that they are English living in Australia, and both attend prep-school...and even this is an assumption based on their language and uniforms, not on anything the film really tells us.
The story, as told in every review, is about how the two are mystreriously brought to the outback by their father, who then tries to kill them, and then kills himself. They are close to death as they wander through the desert, until a young Aborigine boy of 16 sees them and essentially rescues them.
One reviewer complains that nothing happens. I disagree, plenty happens.Read more ›
The film depicts the initial bleakness of the Australian desert which the two children find themselves thrust into after the father mysteriously chooses to commit suicide, but eventually shows the immense diversity of the outback as the young Aborigine leads the lost children back to civilization. Roeg uses a variety of cinematic techniques to paste together his poetic vision, ultimately developing the sexual tension between Agutter and the Aborigine, culminating in a fateful courting ritual which Agutter appears oblivious too. However, the star of the movie is the little boy, Luc Roeg, who forms a very special bond with the Aborigine.
The film may be too much to handle for small children, but it is ideal for teenagers, as it will give them a very different experience from the run-of-the-mill teen movies that proliferate in the video stores. Don't fret over the R rating, as the nudity is fleeting and treated in a very respectful way. In Britain, the rating is 12 for young teenagers.
Now, nearly 40 years later, I bought it for my daughter, to nurture her interest in anthropology. I am happy to say that she was swept into it in the same way, wondering what it meant and wanting to learn more. What better success could there be for a film experience than that?
The story begins in a normal city in AUstralia. A father takes his children to the outback for a picnic, and without explanation completely loses it, leaving them to fend for themselves in a land so alien that they have no idea how to survive. Trapped in an oasis that dries up without food, they are lucky to be found by a young aborigine, on his "walkabout" - a stay alone in the veldt to test his survival skills - and he brings them to a road. Apparently, in helping them, he violates the conditions of his walkabout, with terrible consequences.
As a visual poem, the film has many sequences of silence or trivial dialogue, a cover for deeper meanings that the viewer must reflect upon later. The girl, Agutter, is shielding her brother from frightening realities, but it is the young brother who is the real focus of the story.Read more ›
It is a tragic story of two people who fail to communicate. The blindess of the girl (presented in quite a harsh light, and a symbolic big slap in the face to whitey now that I rethink it) despite huge language and cultural differences is inept or unwilling to understand the aborigine boy's perspective. Indeed she is deeply rooted in Anglo-Saxon values -- only the young boy, her companion, is able to break down the barrier and communicate simple ideas.
There are points in the film that expose sexual tension as brilliantly and as subtley as I have ever seen. It is vastly important that the boy is not dramatized or stylized in any way, he seems really to have been picked out of the outback and cast directly in the movie. His behavior should seem at least somewhat bewildering to the audience, it was to me, particularly in the haunting mating dance scene. The girl rejects him out of a lack of understanding and fear, and he sheds tears of failure. Was sexual consumation a part of his walkabout or did he fall deeply for this girl. What are the cues to suggest the latter? I'd have to watch the movie again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice photography. The movie story seems to have lots of holes in its plot, hopefully the book is better but I won't take time to read it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Gary13
I'm honestly shocked at how much people love this film. Having now seen it twice, I can tell you that this movie is, story-wise, one of the worst films I've ever watched (and I've... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lightfinger
Emotionally compelling work of metaphor and adventure with cinematography that is hallucinogenic in intensity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George W Frink
Over the last several years I have been enjoying the BBC series "Call the midwife" . As has been my custom to familiarize myself with the cast, I found two films from the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy P. Weis
Love Jenny ever since "Logan's Run". trying to collect all her movies.Published 2 months ago by Sylvester LaCortiglia
If anyone would like to come to know---or at the very least, have a better understanding of what Film/Cinema really is/can be---as an artistic medium that is at the same time, a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carlos Romero natural cinephile
Not much to add that want already mentioned, except that THIS IS NOT RATED G! There are a couple of scenes that I would not want a cold too watch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tracy Blake
Very nice movie. Haunting and mysterious, but beautifully photographed and presented. A lovely story that prompts subsequent discussions of the nuanced emotions of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Baldjohn
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