Walkabout

Walkabout

DVD - 2016
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A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece. Along the way, they met a young aborigine on his 'walkabout,' a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone.
Publisher: [Irvington, New York] :, Criterion Collection,, [2016]
Edition: Special edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781604652741
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC WAL
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (100 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital monaural, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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cmhollahankclib
May 07, 2019

I saw this movie when it came out while I was in high school and it's really a movie for young people but that doesn't make it worth watching.

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akirakato
Mar 21, 2019

Directed by Nicolas Roeg in 1971 loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by James Vance Marshall, this British-Australian survival drama follows two white schoolchildren who wander into the Australian outback and who come across a teenage Aboriginal boy who helps them to survive.
Although it appear as an interesting and exotic survival drama, the story seems unrealistic and unbelievable.
How come their father goes crazy?
Why does the Aboriginal boy have to die?
At the end, a businessman arrives home out of the blue as the now grown-up girl prepares dinner.
Why is this unreasonable jump into the future?

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kuhwass
Dec 08, 2018

Critics may love but we only watched first half. Groan. Not worth the wait.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 25, 2018

Nicolas Roeg creates in Walkabout a world of his own, a microcosmos that is at once beautiful, primitive, wild, familiar yet unfamiliar, thoughtful, and thought provoking.

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Calvacade
Nov 24, 2018

Mesmerizing and deeply intellectual example of pure cinema. The haunting story of two city youths lost in the Australian outback after an eventful picnic and their encounter and relationship with an Aboriginal boy, himself on a life or death quest, is starkly told in an extremely visual fractured narrative with tremendous intelligence. The strong reliance on images draws out the brilliance of the film's unparalleled exploration of of it's themes of communication breakdown, human nature, and an objective view of two civilizations -subjects film usually treats subjectively. Cinematographer turned director Nicolas Roeg composes extraordinary scenes of nature photography of the unforgiving desert with fades and dissolve edits to capture the cerebral timelessness of a journey through memories and daydreams, and a meditation on beauty in a completely merciless environment. The symmetrical structure of the film accentuates the symmetry the two cultures, ancient and modern, and how the two mirror and contrast one another, is superbly done. A fascinating blend of brutal nature documentary and art-house cinema with a memorable setting, memorable nameless characters, and a sweeping score by John Barry (contrasting the didgeridoo sounds and transistor radio's pop music) punctuates this as cinematic poetry.

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richmole
Nov 24, 2018

Think back. Even if you're only an occasional movie-watcher, you'll likely recall a movie or two that you've never forgotten. Maybe because of the movie itself, or the time/place in which you first saw it or, sometimes, the AGE at which you saw it. It's a movie that is lodged in your memory forever. Call it: "Impact."

This is one of maybe a couple of dozen movies that truly made a personal impact on me.

I can still sense the silence of the outback...and the estrangement in that final shot of the cityscape. I can still see some scenes in my mind, decades after I last saw this incredible movie.

Once seen, Nicholas Roeg's film (like another of my personal "Impact" movies: The Man Who Fell To Earth) is one you won't forget.

One of the greatest movies of all time. WALKABOUT deals with the big themes: civilization vs. nature; woman vs. man; eros vs. thanatos. I saw this movie when it was first released. I was six or seven years old, the age of the little brother in the film. My parents took me and my sisters to the theater with them. I can still remember what it felt like to see it. It was as if the world had been flung wide open and the future was intersecting with the present. I realize now that WALKABOUT was an evanescent point in history when the cultural-revolutionary wave of the 1960s slammed into the mass consumer market. For a brief period of time you had Hollywood investing in auteurs like Roeg and screening their works all across the United States. If you want to be astonished by pure athleticism, check out David Gulpilil's performance. If you want to be stunned by pure beauty/sensuality, behold teenage Jenny Agutter's performance. A sexier couple has never appeared on film!

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 11, 2017

For the most part, Walkabout is an involving, occasionally hypnotic, motion picture.

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cjnorthern555
Aug 03, 2017

I found this to be a very strange and depressing movie.

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KatherineHere
Aug 04, 2016

Great movie. Not for children, tho.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Stranded in the Australian desert, an English girl and her small brother are rescued by an aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--a tribal initiation into manhood.
Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [i.e, Luc Roeg], David Gumpilil [i.e., Gulpilil], John Meillon

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 27, 2013

Sexual Content: Several scenes of nudity but all very tastefully done.

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