Sweet Country

Sweet Country(15)

23rd Jan 2020
Warwick Thornton - 2017 113 mins
Australia
Language English

An Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Score: 84.26%

Some members' comments:

Beautifully disturbing. A really powerful film and a great character study. Riveting, powerful. Wonderful photography and use of silence. I was on the edge of my seat to the end. Hoped against hope. Gripping. What an indictment against white “bosses”. And I thought goodness would prevail. So powerful. The scandal of white abuse of power has been grossly overexposed. Possibly over-stereotyped characters – need to change the title from “Sweet”. The plot was good but it was painfully slow on occasions. More (ripe lavender?), but it did not affect my enjoyment of the film. Brave film. Too long. Quite tedious. Quite predictable. Baddies totally bad, goodies a bit insipid. Surprise ending but too slow and difficult to believe. Some nice scenic shots, ;but I hated the violence, even if it was true of its life. Very predictable.

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