The Australian Outback - 1932. Entranced by the moon, a young girl steps out of her bedroom window. When her parents check on her, she is gone. The police suggest aboriginal tracker Albert lead the search, but the father revolts - insisting - no black-fella is to set foot on my land. Instead, he gathers together as many white men as he can find, and conducts a line search across the desolate plains in search of the child. Albert watches helplessly as her every trace is stamped to dust. Sometime later, the daughter is still missing, and the mother makes a decision to take responsibility into her own hands, to reconcile the loss of her child. She goes to find Albert...Written by
"One Night the Moon" is quite possibly the best Australian movie I've seen since "Picnic at Hanging Rock".
It's a very short movie, exquisitely filmed to take advantage of the grandeur of Australian countryside (filmed in South Australia). The story is driven by music, rather than dialogue, but is more of an operatic movie than a musical (both in the emotional intensity of music as well as the theme of the story). I was very impressed with the music and acting (and they get good acting from Paul Kelly by making him sing as he is a musician rather than an actor).
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