This was the first film that we watched for the global cinema studies class and was a pretty good pick. I always find it interesting to watch foreign movies that I would most likely never watch otherwise. I also like a lot of movies that are “based on a true story” because you are not just watching a film made for pure entertainment. At least some percentage of the film is showing the real lives of real people and the real struggles they endured. Also being foreign, it was great to learn about the history of another country when in the US, we are pretty oblivious to anyone else.
I think that one of the most notable aspects of the film, and possibly biggest “character” was the scenery and landscapes. There was a lot of attention paid to the wide shots of the Australian outback. There were constant changes from day to night, clear to rainy, and dusk to dawn. It also showed the contrast between the outback and city life of the time. Most of the film took place out in the wild with varying landscapes and different, more “odd”, people. This contrasted well to the small, neat, ordered office of Neville (Man in charge of half-cast affairs) in the city where he was making decisions about people he barely met in a land he barely knew.
Along with scenery, there was a lot of attention paid to the actors/actresses. The three main characters didn’t speak much so a lot of feeling and thoughts was expressed through their facial expressions and body language. It was done in a way that you could tell the main differences between the sisters without much dialog. This was also true with a character like Neville who was defined by his constant obsession with the capture of three young girls or with the girl’s mother with the constant agony on her face and the sad songs she took part in with other elders.
The film was very interesting and well put together. I definitely learned something about a piece of frowned upon history belonging to another country and the accepted logic used by past generations. The film also did a great job of introducing the class to a well put together and balanced piece of cinema.