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Ten Canoes (2006)

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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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Rolf de Heer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crusoe Kurddal Crusoe Kurddal ... Ridjimiraril
Jamie Gulpilil Jamie Gulpilil ... Dayindi / Yeeralparil (as Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu)
Richard Birrinbirrin Richard Birrinbirrin ... Birrinbirrin
Peter Minygululu Peter Minygululu ... Minygululu
Frances Djulibing Frances Djulibing ... Nowalingu
David Gulpilil ... The Storyteller (as David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu)
Sonia Djarrabalminym Sonia Djarrabalminym ... Banalandju
Cassandra Malangarri Baker Cassandra Malangarri Baker ... Munandjarra
Philip Gudthaykudthay Philip Gudthaykudthay ... The Sorcerer
Peter Djigirr Peter Djigirr ... Canoeist / The Victim / Warrior
Michael Dawu Michael Dawu ... Canoeist / The Stranger
Bobby Bunungurr Bobby Bunungurr ... Canoeist / Uncle
Johnny Buniyira Johnny Buniyira ... Canoeist / Warrior
Billy Black Billy Black ... Canoeist / Warrior
Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr Steven Wilinydjanu Maliburr ... Canoeist / Warrior
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Storyline

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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From a land not so far away, comes a film unlike anything you have ever seen See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

Aboriginal | English

Release Date:

29 June 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

10 Canoes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$233,017 (Australia), 7 July 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,076, 3 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,991, 14 October 2007
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During shooting in the Northern Territory of Australia's remote Arafura Swamp, the crew required eleven crocodile spotters for safety of the cast and crew See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) See more »

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A wry gem of a film that translates our contemporary values....
6 May 2007 | by movedoutSee all my reviews

Australia's 2007 Oscar entry is a wry gem of a film that translates our contemporary values schema into a morality play set a thousand years ago in an indigenous tribe settlement somewhere near the Arafura Swamp in Australia's Northern Territory. Iconic Aborigine actor David Gulpilil (of "Walkabout" and "The Last Wave" fame) eloquently and drolly orates the film's triple narrative of native Australian lore that concerns itself with coveting, revenge, sorcery and even a dash of penis envy. Remarkable in its scope and mesmerising in its photography, director Rolf de Heer's idiosyncratic fascination with the interaction of human nature against nature is condensed into a simple but effective lesson of history repeating itself. Possibly venturing to rail against critics of the noble savagery belonging to the Aborigines, "Ten Canoes" allow us the positive enlightenment that comes from observing a different and alien culture operate on levels familiar to us.


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