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Ten Canoes

Not Rated In Theaters 06/1/2007 , 92min.
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82%
Critic score based on 20 reviews

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May 22, 2008
hankrye
A fascinating look into aboriginal life. The story moves forward with humor, and the scenes of Australian back country are beautiful. A winner for the person looking for a "different" film.

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Variety
Anthropology and entertainment are marvelously married in Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes. The first feature in an Australian Aboriginal language feels authentic to the core as it tells a cautionary tale set 1,000 years ago. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
It's a fascinating immersion within a highly ritualized Stone Age oral culture that, at least according to tradition, existed almost unchanged for thousands of years before the European arrival. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Its mixture of wisdom and whimsy -- exemplified by the movie's unnamed and occasionally cheeky narrator -- makes this Australian movie feel as timeless as it is timely. And instead of feeling dutifully cultural as we immerse ourselves in this story, we're genuinely intrigued, touched and even amused. Full Review
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
The humor in de Heer's script is mostly anatomical, and the performances of the nonpro cast are stiffer than bark. But you've never seen anything like it. Full Review
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Ten Canoes is nonetheless audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration. Full Review

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