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Samson and Delilah [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Rowan MacNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Gibson, Scott Thornton
  • Directors: Warwick Thornton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Trinity Films
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DQ66C4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,199 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Samson and Delilahs world is small--an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn t always fair, but love never judges. A winner of numerous international awards, Samson and Delilah marks the emergence of a major new talent in writer/ director Warwick Thornton. Offering a rare insight into the issues confronting the youth of a lost generation of Aborigines, it has already been hailed by critics as the one of the greatest films ever to come out of Australia.

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I have pre-ordered the DVD of this having seen it at my local independent film house a few weeks ago. This is a truelly amazing film that will stick in your head for a long time and I think will be one of those that you want to take off the shelf and watch once a year.
It takes you right to the edge, and just when you are asking yourself how anyone could have wanted to make a movie so singularly depressing... it lifts you up and takes you to a place that only the best of the best can.
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Warwick Thornton's debut, the Australian film 'Samson & Delilah' begins as a tale of young love. Rowan McNamara plays Samson, a seemingly mute, petrol-sniffing Aboriginal teenager who lives with his older brother. His is a life of tedious routine, he wakes up, sniffs some petrol, tries to play guitar in his brothers reggae band, wanders around aimlessly, and listens to his radio.

The whole community has nothing to do, many are unemployed, life is bleak and uneventful. Nearby, Delilah (Marissa Gibson) looks after her enterprising Nana (Mitjili Gibson, Marissa's real-life grandmother). They pass the time making aboriginal paintings which are bought and sold in a gallery in the city. Little is said by anyone, Aborigines prefer body language and gestures to speech. The first third of the film shows us the painfully slow, utterly hopeless routines of this community.

Samson has feelings for Delilah, but has the social skills of a kangaroo, and Delilah wasn't going to fall for any of his antics. But they develop an unlikely friendship. The title of the film may suggest some religious themes, it's quite common for Aboriginal people to have Biblical names, many having grown up in Christian missions. Though Delilah does cut off her own hair, when her Nana suddenly passes away, a tragedy that her aunts blame her for and decide to beat her.

Samson throws a tantrum in retaliation at Delilah's treatment, and like typical teenagers they run away by stealing the community car, heading for the city of Alice Springs. They take shelter and refuge under a bridge, where the homeless Gonzo resides. Gonzo is played by and based on the director's own homeless, alcoholic brother, Scott Thornton. Scott was cast under the proviso that he had to go to rehab first.
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In this superb film the lead roles of Samson and Delilah are played by first times actors Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson who must have been in their teens when they acted in the film and they gave very convincing performances that shows the bleak lives of some Australians, whilst at the same times showing a very sweet love story.

It isn’t for nothing that Samson And Delilah won the Caméra d’Or (awarded for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes’ selections), and it is easy to see why – it is a superb bit of cinema. Like most films it won’t appeal to everyone though. For example there are subtitles for those that need them to help understand the Aboriginal language that is spoken, but even if you dislike subtitles this could be the exception for you (the optional subtitles are infrequent and are easy to read). It is not big budget though it certainly makes up for it with a great story that is well told and with superb acting, scenery and some great music – especially if you like reggae.

In some of the extra features on the DVD one can see what a good job Warwick Thornton has done and not only in the writing of the film but also in the directing of such a young and inexperienced cast.

Marissa Gibson’s (Delilah’s) grandmother had worked with the director before appearing in this film and she has the most infectious laugh and I had to wonder if she was in fact acting because she really was incredible.

As it says on the back cover of the DVD, “One of the greatest films to come out of Australia” – a bold claim perhaps, but one I could agree with.

With all the extra features, which includes three short films as well as informative and entertaining other features this is an excellent DVD package.
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The politics behind the story we see here are not overt and need not be. Instead, we see their effect — a poverty and misery made by a politics of cynicism, neglect and contempt, an incompetent and disastrous politics meant to be incompetent and disastrous, because what white Australia really wants is for the first Australians, the real Australians, to be elsewhere, to be gone and disappear. If this weren’t so the native culture by now would have been studied, embraced, celebrated, supported and protected by the people. White Australians would have taken pride in it by studying its traditions, rituals, languages. After all, the wisdom of 50,000 years of steady survival in a difficult land might be considered a natural resource worth treasuring. The schools and textbooks and universities would have reflected this, and the popular culture would know its music and other rich traditions. Australia would be a normal country, a modern, mature and civilised one, an integrated and multi-cultural one.

Instead, this — what we encounter in this film: dispossession. As a word, it’s only a word. But what it does to people and communities is criminal. It hurts, maims, scars, belittles, demeans and demonises them. It wears them down, eroding their livelihoods, traditions, self-esteem. It causes them to doubt themselves, to lose their sense of value and purpose. It tells them they are nothing, have always been nothing, will always be nothing. Dispossession is another word for destruction. White Australia wants the first Australians, the Aboriginal peoples, destroyed.

Samson is 14. If he has parents, we never encounter them. They are gone, possibly dead, possibly locked up.
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