Charlie’s Country – Rolf de Heer, Director

This was my final film of the festival and a masterpiece in my opinion. It tells the story of an elderly aboriginal in Australia who is angry and sad and confused about what has happened to his country and his people and their traditions. The film is slow but deliberately so and the lead actor David Gulpilil does an amazing job portraying Charlie as he struggles with his demons. It is hard to describe the movie because it is so unusual but I can confirm it is a very good look at the struggle of first nations peoples and will help you understand our own first nations as well. Definitely worth the time and it will almost certainly be here in Toronto at some time in the near future.

http://www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/contemporary-world-cinema/charlies-country

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