Director Warwick Thornton's first feature, about a pair of outcast Aboriginal kids who flee from their tiny central Australian community.... More
Director Warwick Thornton's first feature, about a pair of outcast Aboriginal kids who flee from their tiny central Australian community. Winner of the Camera d'Or for Best First Film at Cannes in May.
It's not the taut poetry of Thornton's sublimely visual narrative style that people are talking about: it's violence and addiction in Aboriginal communities, and how they limit the options of young Samson and Delilah, two tender, uncertain kids whose spirits are sustained by little more than their teasing, unadmitted love for each other. The frankness with which Thornton depicts their descent into pariahdom in Alice Springs has a staunch matter-of-fact humanity about it, a determination to stand by one's own, that is both excruciating and stirring to behold. And though you may spend long passages of this film dreading what's coming next, Thornton always nurtures the hopefulness that allow us and his young protagonists a chance at redemption.
Where to watch Samson and Delilah (2009)
Samson and Delilah (2009) | Details
- Award winner
- Camera d'Or (Best First Film), Cannes Film Festival 2009.
- R16, contains violence, drug use
- Country of origin