1h 53min | Adventure, Crime, Drama | English subtitles –
Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement.
Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory.
When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence.
As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.
A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down.
But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.
Spare, deliberately paced, and almost Biblical in its search for moral justice in a harsh and lawless landscape. – Entertainment Weekly
Though it’s set in frontier days in the 1920s, hate-filled cruelty and racism persist still and Sweet Country is a powerful indictment of them. It’s searing, sensational cinema. – Dog and Wolf
Racial tension escalates to bushfire levels of danger and damage in Warwick Thornton’s majestic Outback western. – Variety (read review)