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A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crusoe Kurddal ...
Jamie Gulpilil ...
Dayindi / Yeeralparil (as Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu)
Richard Birrinbirrin ...
Peter Minygululu ...
Minygululu
Frances Djulibing ...
Nowalingu
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The Storyteller (as David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu)
Sonia Djarrabalminym ...
Banalandju
Cassandra Malangarri Baker ...
Munandjarra
Philip Gudthaykudthay ...
The Sorcerer
Peter Djigirr ...
Canoeist / The Victim / Warrior
Michael Dawu ...
Canoeist / The Stranger
Bobby Bunungurr ...
Canoeist / Uncle
Johnny Buniyira ...
Billy Black ...
Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr ...
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A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and realizes that his younger brother Dayindi may try to steal away the youngest wife. So, over a few days and several trips to hunt and gather, Minygululu tells Dayindi a story set in the time of their ancestors when a stranger came to the village and disrupted the lives of a serious man named Ridjimiraril, his three wives, and his younger brother Yeeralparil who had no wife and liked to visit his youngest sister-in-law. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

29 June 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

10 Canoes  »

Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,076 (USA) (1 June 2007)

Gross:

$277,991 (USA) (12 October 2007)
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The canoes in the film were made according to original tribal methods, using directions from tribal elders who had not made them for some fifty years. See more »

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The group: [all walking in a line]
Canoeist: Everyone stop!
[all stop and turn]
The Storyteller: That one is Djigirr. Djigirr talk too much, but maybe he heard something.
Canoeist: I refuse to walk at the end. Someone ahead keeps farting.
The group: [laughter] Not me. Not me.
Canoeist: It's you again. You're always so silent. Silent but deadly. Admit it.
Canoeist: Alright, it's me.
Canoeist: You're rotten inside.
Canoeist: I'm rotten inside.
[...]
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Ten Canoes is outstanding cinema
26 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On a recent visit to Melbourne, I came across a poster for the movie Ten Canoes. It described a film about Australian Aborigines and claimed to portray them authentically. The film sets a new standard for cross-cultural understanding. Ever since Whale Rider I have been entranced by movies about aboriginal culture. This film extends the genre onto a higher plane.

The narrator tells a story about men hunting for goose eggs in canoes while one tells a story from the ancient times. Both stories are woven exquisitely together to form a dream-like telling. The cinematography captures the actual remote locations the tribe inhabits. The characters are portrayed as authentically as can be, probably because they are. (At least, it seemed that way to a white guy from Boston.) I don't know if any are actual actors.

If you have interest in any aboriginal culture or anything Australian, you should see this movie. If you love great story telling, you must see it.


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