Two young children are stranded in the Australian outback and are forced to cope on their own. (imdb)
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Directed By: Nicolas Roeg
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Having just come from seeing "Logan's Run" and Jenny Agutter in some skimpy clothes, I checked out "Walkabout" in the hopes that Agutter would completely disrobe in this one. Well, she did, and it wasn't disappointing. Oh, and there's an aboriginie in there somewhere and some rocks and sand.
A lesson in how sufficient panoramic establishing shots of Australia's natural beauty can magically change any short film about an underage blonde schoolgirl skinny dipping into an iconic 70s cinema classic.
An excellent movie about the unassuming malevolence of nature and the breakdown of communication. It's a slow film, but not a boring one; each and every shot has a purpose, establishing the banality and bleakness of the desert and the struggle of the main characters to reestablish themselves in civilization. The desert photography is among the best color cinematography ever; Roeg finds beauty in the most barren and brutal of environments.
I went in afraid it would be boring, but while it's very slow it has a captivating air to it. It's a very contemplative film, using marvelous editing to contrast different attitudes towards life and nature. The film as a whole showcases both the harshness of these as well as the glimmers of energy and hope that make life worth living and possible. Only once it's over is it clear how pervasive these themes are throughout the film.
If this was me stranded in the outback the movie would be over in 10 minutes, i'd be eaten by ants while bitching about the heat *SMASH CUT TO BLACK
It's iconic filmmaking, sure, so it's so disappointing that it shows its ideological age. As a cultural abstraction, it's the kind of movie George Harrison and Hal Ashby would have bankrolled for Godard, and not in the good way: its weighty dialogue, pushy symbolism, and overlength all beg you not to think it's trying too hard. It's unfortunate that it is.
really enjoyed this as a boy, which might have had quite a lot to do with having the hots for Jenny Agutter.Rewatching as an adult & it's very exploitative of a 16 year old girl.Found the weird little vignettes on sex & attraction somewhat baffling & the white hunters one heavy handed symbolism in the extreme (way way above & beyond that which the film already has) Not sure what to make of it now to be honest. It's pervy, it's well shot and it's a bit weird.
Immensely thought-provoking and evocative story about nature, culture and coming of age. Despite some grand ambitions it successfully avoids feeling pretentious or sentimental or vague or preachy. Kinda impressive really. It's aesthetically gorgeous and 100% believable in terms of performances. Some of the deconstructionist avant-gardeisms are a bit dated though.
Oh god child acting why. Doesn't have much to say but it looks pretty enough and has a great nude scene which almost justifies its existence in and of itself. Roeg is once again not impressive, I struggle to find what people see in him, just seems like a guy with a keen sense of photography but very little story telling abilities.
The annoying kid ruined it for me. Would be very good if the girl made her journey alone.
Roeg's cinematography is working overtime to make up for some dated effects and overly-symbolic gestures. It doesn't help that this journey is initiated by something completely ridiculous, with only a few facts given later to clarify. I really don't buy the theories people come up with for that. Acting goes from interesting (David Gulpilil in a familiar and much appreciated Aborigine role), to tolerable (young girl), to bland/annoying (young boy). I am unimpressed.
A great film. When the plot begins to unfold in its second half, I found it to be lacking the evocative images and sense of immediate threat that pervaded the film shortly before. The film picks up moments later and although Roeg tosses the issue of culture clash into the ring, I think one has to derive a greater meaning from it. Something à la "home is where you make of it", but that's me, you make of it what you will. Essential viewing.
Tina Belcher presents Butts... in the Outback!
I wasn't bored at all, but it's clearly a poem and just not my kind of poetry.
Top badass moment? I know it's a puerile, creepy and incredibly immature comment, which I wholeheartedly apologise for right now, but Jenny Agutter nude? Learning the straw in the muddy puddle trick was pretty cool too; I'm just not sure I'd trust it to work in lowland England; too much cow piss. No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
The story starts off very confusingly, a pretense for the children being stranded in the outback. The girl (Jenny Agutter) is sweet and refined and attempts to guide her younger brother back to civilization. Her positive attitude is refreshing throughout. Thankfully they are found by a young aboriginal boy and are saved. He feeds them and takes them to water and civilization. His fate is particularly puzzling, like the beginning of this movie. Some quite beautiful scenery and landscapes.
Yuhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. Overrated oğlu overrated yine bi deli kuyuya taş atmış hikayesi misali. Bu kadar amatör (Oyunculuklar ve edit aşaması) ve başlangıcı bu kadar aptalca bir film için verilen şu puanlar beni kahrediyor.
I didn't expect an allegory with cuts to contrast noble savage and western life, with a final setting of a dead mining town. I didn't realize aborigines put whole animals on a fire to cook. Once they run into the boy there isn't much survival. The kids' outfits are extremely clean and they basically settle down on the farm. They finally make their way out of the wilderness and the guy doesn't wonder? Fav scene: Agutter's general attempts to maintain her lifestyle by washing and hanging clothes.
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