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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film's messages are up to interpretation, but seem generally to be a critique of modern culture and discrimination.
Positive Role Models
The teen girl shows amazing resilience in the face of tragedy and takes good care of her younger brother. The Aboriginal teen helps the siblings through a crisis.
Violence & Scariness
One particularly violent and disturbing scene near the beginning where a father shoots at his two children and then sets his car and himself on fire. One later scene shows a main character hanged. Several gruesome animal deaths.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full-frontal female nudity in bathing or swimming scenes -- mildly erotic, but non-sexual. Aboriginal teen wears front-piece, but buttocks are exposed. One brief scene of Aboriginal group shows all ages nude, but non-sexual and from a distance. One short scene where men are looking down woman's shirt.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief smoking by father and by teen girl after she's an adult.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this visually-rich drama from 1971 contains some extremely disturbing scenes, including a father shooting at his children and a hanging. Young viewers might be disturbed by the teen girl and young boy's lengthy struggle to survive alone in the Australian outback. Several hunting scenes include animals being killed, gutted, and cooked, with lingering close-ups of carcasses and maggots. The teen girl often appears in her bra, sometimes in her underwear, and a couple times appears topless and nude. These scenes are not explicitly sexual, but some are mildly erotic. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film is full of gorgeous images, fascinating soundscapes, and quietly disturbing scenes that create an evocative and powerful piece of art and commentary. The contrasts between the natural and the urban and the Western and Aboriginal are provocative, critiquing modern culture in a way that's both subtle and stark. The characters are barely developed, and yet their performances are strong. All the positives outweigh some of the odd art-film elements that seem outdated at times, or just misplaced. Sometimes it's hard to understand the young boy, in part because of his accent, which detracts from the overall impact of certain scenes.
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