1920's outback Australia, Northern Territory. When Sam (Hamilton Morris), an Aboriginal farmhand who works for the local preacher (Sam Neill) is sent to help new neighbour and bitter war veteran Harry (Ewen Leslie), their relationship quickly deteriorates, ending in a violent and fatal shootout. Sam is forced to flee with his wife, pursued by lawman Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown), but as the truth starts to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.
Dislikeable period in history.
- Sweet Country review by PT
All but the lead character are difficult to like, Lots of bullying, intimidation, brutality and of course, the main theme of the film, the deep rooted racism against aboriginies.
The film draws a picture of that era in Australian history, draws a grity picture of life with very few people enjoying any happiness.
Grity, little to please other than the scope of the Australian outback.
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Starkly gripping and visually stunning
- Sweet Country review by TE
Powerful film set in the Australian outback in 1929. It is one of a number of recent Australian movies that are keeping alive the Western genre. Here the racism is directed at the aborigine people rather than native Americans.
The setting is very realistic, dusty, grimy and hard-scrabble living all around.
Most notable of all is the brilliant use of the harsh but beautiful landscapes.
My only quibble is with the use of quick insertions of scenes depicting both past and future events. It's a great story, just tell it straight!