It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »
Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.
Rolf de Heer
"Twelve Canoes" is a series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
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 »
Rolf de Heer,
Traces the pilgrimage of John Anderson, an average guy with a passion for jazz, from his home in outback Western Australia to the jazz clubs of Paris, to meet his idol, jazz trumpeter Billy... See full summary »
The wheelchair-bound Julia (Heather Rose), who cannot walk, feed or dress herself, communicates via her computerized electronic voice synthesizer. Her sympathetic lesbian sister Rix (Rena ... See full summary »
Ex-con Eddie Cleary gets a job working on his older brother's isolated farm. It's not long before bizarre things start happening--dead birds falling out of the sky, family pets attacking ... See full summary »
Rolf de Heer
In this sci-fi adventure a gorgeous alien woman is sent to Earth by mistake from the planet Epsilon. Landing in the Australian outback she meets a surveyor and they cross the continent ... See full summary »
We all live on the same planet, under one sun which nurtures and renews our unique and common hopes for the future. No matter how much we differ from each other in color, ethnicity and ... See full summary »
Steve is a man who has it all, a successful career, wonderful children, beautiful home and a loving wife. However, returning to his home after work on his birthday, he finds his house deserted and darkened with almost all the lightbulbs missing, all easy access outside cut off and a videotape waiting for him. Playing that tape, he watches a bizarre and grueling recording in which his wife explains her grievance with him, her reasons for disappearing with the children and her revenge for how he treated her in a way he would never forget.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
With the two leads secure for the film, only the role of Bill, Steve and Alexandra's security conscious neighbor, remained to be filled. It seemed to director Rolf de Heer that the character of Bill needed to be worldlier than Steve and culturally opposed to his suburban existence. "I had in mind someone of foreign extraction but I wasn't sure whether they were Turkish or Greek or Bulgarian or whatever," said de Heer. "I just knew they had to be quite different to Steve and his experience of life and marriage." See more »
Husband Steve is watching the video with the TV control in his right hand & a smoke in his left hand. The film angle changes & now the TV remote is in his left hand & the smoke is in his right. See more »
[talking to the mirror]
I'm sorry Steve, I'm truly sorry.
[spits into the mirror]
Don't be sorry. Never be sorry.
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The previous comments to this movie are indeed polarised! And I think it would make an interesting analysis if one were to know what gender and if happily married or single were each of the respondents with regard to how they wrote their summary of this film.
Personally I found the acting certainly adequate to portray the basic storyline of this movie: a husband & wife with poor emotional dynamics. Why Alexandra didn't leave her husband sooner is one Q I would ask her if I could. There's no point staying in a marriage when it gets this bad.
This is an adult film. I would wonder why a parent would want to take their teen to see this. It is an intended confronting film and one that could make people, especially the married ones, reassess how healthy is their marriage.
The person who considered this film "a dull story" - maybe they don't want to face the reality that many relationships suffer the same horror, in different but similar guises. After all it's a truth that sex is a loaded topic/means of control/manipulation in the 'battle of the sexes', so to speak, especially where the male has more influence/control.
The film covers many important aspects about life & family: what is the meaning of love especially in a marriage; when is it time to call it quits, even with children; is revenge ever acceptable, and so on.
An important film, albeit not one for the masses (too boring I suspect for the likes of today's world of high-tech film sports) if one is courageous enough to see the implications for us all.
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