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Ten Canoes (2007) The time is simultaneously the distant tribal past and an even older age of myths, too, in Ten Canoes , a boldly inventive experiment in… 2007-06-01 Unrated PT92M Comedy Drama Foreign Language Jamie Gulpilil Crusoe Kurddal Palm Pictures
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Ten Canoes (2007)

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ABORIGINAL IDEA Indigenous Australian tribespeople portray their forebears in Ten Canoes , de Heer's fascinating cross-cultural experiment
ABORIGINAL IDEA Indigenous Australian tribespeople portray their forebears in Ten Canoes, de Heer's fascinating cross-cultural experiment
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Details Limited Release: Jun 01, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 92 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language; With: Jamie Gulpilil and Crusoe Kurddal; Distributor: Palm Pictures

The time is simultaneously the distant tribal past and an even older age of myths, too, in Ten Canoes, a boldly inventive experiment in cross-cultural filmmaking from director Rolf de Heer. His actors are Yolngu people in Australia, who play their own ancestors during a season of canoe building, goose-egg hunting, and storytelling. The movie — the first entirely in Australian Aboriginal languages — is a marvel of warm collaboration and shared jokes about husbands and wives, shot both in dreamscape color and pristine black and white. A

Originally posted Jun 06, 2007 Published in issue #939 Jun 15, 2007 Order article reprints