Sweet Country (2017) Saturday, 28 March 2020

Sweet Country (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    Revenge is Sweet.

  • Starring:

    Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Tremayne Doolan, Trevon Doolan, Anni Finsterer

  • Directed by:

    Warwick Thornton

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are raped, shot, beaten, chained, grabbed, hit with objects, pushed, handcuffed, hit, threatened (I'll skin him and then I'll skin you and then I'll tie up that young one/I'll cut your f*cking hands off/I'll shoot you for desertion/not until that murdering bastard is swinging by his neck), speared, punched, knocked to the ground, bitten (scorpion), stomped on, pursued, pistol-whipped, imprisoned, sprayed with blood spatter. A woman is knocked to the ground and held there (potential rape implied). Door/house shot up with occupants inside. A scorpion is crushed underfoot. A man who "just came back from the [Western] Front" appears to suffer from PTSD. A bull's testicles are castrated/fried/eaten. A man raises his gun/fists toward his wife. Theft. Object thrown. Yelling, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody corpses. Bloody faces, mouths, heads, neck, forehead, shirt, knife, bullet wounds, clothing, open gash; blood spatter, spurting blood, gurgling blood. Chunks of gore around bloody bullet wounds/fatal head gash. Swollen black eye. Funeral.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A woman is raped (offscreen/noises heard). Unwanted pregnancy. A man says he was hoping to have sex with a young girl. Couple in bed together (sex implied). Ogling, flirting. Nude man (genitals obscured). Shirtless men. Infertility mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Intoxication, alcoholism. Smoking (pipe, cigarettes; spitting tobacco). Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (idiot, black bastard, wanker, blackfellas, black stock, little thief, mad, bloody dog, whitefella, mild breed, prisoner, cheeky, miserable, murderer, not right in the head, dolt, d*ckhead, cowards, etc). Religious references (reading from the Bible, prayer) and exclamations (in the eyes of the Lord, the Christian thing to do, what the hell, Jesus Christ, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Arrernte people, Australia, indigenous history, racism, inequality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, tracking, murder, injustice, revenge, mercy, surrender, grief, death, self-defense, guilt, oppression, prejudice.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Funeral, court, prison cell, pub settings. A hangman's noose is tied. Horses, dog, cows, bulls, scorpion, flies. Vomiting, lightning, thunder, rainbow. Roast chicken eating. Some subtitles. Inspired by a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Harsh, beautiful, lyrical, beautiful, angry, poetic, vivid, phenomenal, intelligent, stark, lean, splendid, solemn, muscular, quiet, urgent, tragic, subtle, clear-eyed, full-hearted. Excellent/stunning performances, richly drawn characters, sparse/moving dialogue, understated costume/production design, measured/unhurried/beautiful pace, layered/lithe/soaring storytelling, riveting second half, ravishing/striking/magnificent/scorched landscapes, arresting/accomplished/handsome/expressive/breathtaking/stunning/epic/panoramic cinematography, music-free soundtrack.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Some characters are less satisfying drawn/some flavourless dialogue.

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