June 13, 2012

Toomelah (2011)

Directed by: Ivan Sen
Country: Australia

Plot: In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a gangster, like the male role models in his life.
Quick comment: "Toomelah" could have been a success. The story is intense, the filming location is perfect and it succeeds in denouncing how the aboriginals were forgotten and are currently living. But this can’t be all in a movie…and all the good intentions and expectations were hampered by terrible performances from the non-professional actors and by a wobbly direction as well. At some point I really felt that what was happening on the screen was fake. 
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