Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
May 05, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Walkabout

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Jenny Agutter, David Gumpilil, Lucien John
director
Nicolas Roeg
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it an A-

Usually when a movie’s described as a ”visual tone poem,” it’s code ? for ”boring.” But Nicolas Roeg’s art-house adventure is lyrical and intoxicating thanks to Criterion’s new digital transfer, which makes the case for it as one of the great films of the ’70s. Jenny Agutter and Roeg’s son Luc play a pair of city kids who are abandoned in the Australian outback by their father. Battling nature’s harsh elements, they encounter a teenage aborigine (David Gulpilil) on his wandering rite of passage who takes them under his wing. Walkabout is a condemnation of the modern world, but its politics are subtle and unspoken. A gem. EXTRAS include a snoozy commentary from the director and Agutter and a far better documentary about Gulpilil. A-

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