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Rated NR · 101 minutes · 2009

Drama, Romance
Samson (Rowan McNamara) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson) are young aborigines stranded on a godforsaken reserve in the dusty Australian interior. He huffs gasoline all day, living in a perpetual and wordless stupor; she helps her disabled grandmother (Mitjili Gibson) paint traditional canvases that earn the pair hundreds of dollars while selling for five figures in distant urban galleries. When both youths incur beatings at the hands of their elders, they set out for the city together but there find even greater misfortune. This sterling 2009 debut by Warwick Thornton is harrowing and tragic but has a stoic, stately realism that elevates the material way above victim politics. The amateur leads deliver enormously affecting performances with barely a hundred words of dialogue between them. In English and subtitled Aboriginal.
Director: Warwick Thornton
Producer: Kath Shelper
Cast: Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Gibson, Scott Thornton, Matthew Gibson, Peter Bartlett, Noreen Nampijinpa, Kenrick Martin, Fiona Gibson, Morgaine Wallace, Tony Brown, Patricia Shelper, Rona McDonald, Jessica Sanderson, Dylan McDonald and Rowan McNamara

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