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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the fence, 19 April 2004
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This review is from: Rabbit-Proof Fence [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Rabbit-Proof Fence is a remarkable story of the courage of three children in the face of brutal racism. As late as 1970, Australia allowed the forcible capture of mixed aboriginal-white children and trained them in concentration-camp-like centers to be domestic servants in white society. This film tells the true story of three such girls who escaped from the center in 1932, and walked 1500 miles back to their family. Their only marker, across the desolate desert and bush, was the world's longest fence, the "rabbit-proof fence," which eventually led them home.

This story of Australia's misguided attempt to help the aborigines "in spite of themselves" has an excellent script and direction. The children, all non-actors, are wonderfully convincing and sympathetic. Kenneth Branagh has a small role as the government official who tries to recapture the girls. David Gulpilil plays the aboriginal tracker who relentlessly follows the girls, and his villainous character was truly frightening. The sweeping photography of the arid bush shows just how tremendous the girls' accomplishment was. Rabbit-Proof Fence is a very sad but important story and I heartily recommend it.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2011 11:11:39 GMT
catsinclova says:
Kenneth Branagh made his presence felt, so it certainly did not feel like a minor role to me.
The aborginal tracker was beautifully played by David Gulpilil, he was definitely not a villain - see the review by Stephen Haines.
He was caught between his white employees, who had his daughter at the mission, and who he was.
He wanted to return to his home with his daughter, watch his face when Mr Neville refuses.
He was having to make the best of a very unjust world.

You see his growing admiration for Molly as she outwits him.
And near the end of the film, you see him smile, he knows they are close and it was his best chance to catch them, but he deliberately lets them go.
He is with a white man/tracker at this point in the film, & it brings home to the viewer the conflicts he is facing.
So beautifully & subtly played with no words needed.
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