Three policemen on horseback, and a native tracker leading them on foot. Gameau, just out of drama school, is a real find. By the end of the film, one can discern the outlines of a lasting reconciliation in Australia based on mutual respect between human beings. Gary Sweet's character is not convincing or particularly well developed, as his simplistically evil nature makes him highly predictable and almost comedic. It is a rare brilliant gem that came from beautiful Australia, being also overlooked in the U.
For me at the end of the film, Gulpill and Gameau together onscreen deliver the film's final moments with such sensitivity and beautiful chemistry that you can't help but be incredibly moved. I really believe the film has importance and resonance for all people, apart from its issues and meaning I think the film is simply film-making of the highest calibre. It gets off to a slow start. The Tracker is a beautiful and powerful film that bears witness to the time when there was no talk of Aboriginal reconciliation and no hope for it. The music adds emotional and philosophic depth to the story, as do aboriginal drawings, or sketches, that figuratively show what is happening, when the film's plot turns violent. It is an interesting coincidence that I watched The Proposition several days ago and was able to watch The Tracker last night-both films, although separated by roughly fifty years, still circle the same historical period in that they both deal with Australia's adolescence and it is this historical backdrop that binds these films together in my mind. If you're tired of the usual american formulaic movie, but aren't into the hassle of reading subtitles, this may be for you.
Can I also reserve a particular rave for Damon Gameau who plays the role of the young follower. The definitive film about this contact has yet to be made and I for one anxiously await its production. They are chasing another native, accused of murder, who is occasionally glimpsed in the distance. It's a film that would appeal to viewers looking for something a little different, as well as those interested in cultural history or outdoor adventure. He really did shine in all areas of the picture, not only was his performance captivating and heart warming, he actually was a really funny guy. Though the movie had little action, the music brought it to life The soundtrack was superb, it was a major part that brought the film to life, it somehow brought each character to life and told who they were, though the characters had no names, they were developed throughout the film well. It has a political theme that runs deep, enhanced by haunting music.
He kills innocent natives after questioning them about the fugitive's whereabouts. The plot is very simple but incredibly deep. Now onto the real star of this picture, David Gulpilil. . De Heer intercuts the story of the men with aboriginal paintings depicting the events occurring.
At moments of transformation or violence or transformation through violence - three words that sum up the history of the Australian continent we were shown a still photograph of powerful, colorful paintings that were obviously I hope! It is rare to see a film that paints such a critical view of the relationship of the Aboriginal people and the close-mindedness of the Anglo settlers during that first century of contact. In fact, I have yet to see a bad film come out of Rolf de Heer's directing. Add in the fabulous music and the gorgeous outback scenery, and this movie is--I have to say it--a Must See. It would be really interesting to have a much more in depth session with Rolf as he had a lot more to speak about. Basically the film is a four-hander with Grant Page, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau and David Gulpill giving outstanding performances. If you've ever wondered why Aboriginal people in Australia want an official apology from the head of government, see this film. We know that The Tracker, though outwardly subservient, is the one who is really in charge and that the search party would be lost without him.
Performances by the two main protagonists, David Gulpilil as the Tracker, and Gary Sweet as the Fanatic, are excellent. It's about politics and philosophy. The stunning cinematography not only captures the stark beauty of a rugged and unforgiving land, but also creates some memorable cinematic art, most notably the profile of a man, whose corpse dangles in the wind against the background of a bright yellow sun. David Gulpilil is himself an aborigine, and does a good job as the tracker. The beautiful folk songs are an essential piece of this work. Racism is a delicate matter, so the way the characters change from racists to anti-racists and back again could stir up the debate.
While I enjoyed the music on its own merits, I agree with another commenter that it leaves little room for the viewer to come to his own conclusions about the characters. So they start their quest in the outback, not knowing that their inner wrestles against and for racism will be more dangerous that the actual hunting for the accused. This man has escaped and wandered into the wilderness- back toward his home. I found myself thinking about this film days later. And the stark beauty of the Australian outback has never been captured so lovingly on film. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran are given the mission of capturing him with the help of an experienced Native Australian The Tracker. As the trail meanders thru the dry brush tundra, it is mingled with songs and freeze frame shots with original paintings capturing the moment's dark scene s.
With that said, this film was truly an experience and I truly recommend it. David Gulpilil plays this tracker and he steals the movie. But the plot gradually picks up as the four men encounter frustrations and problems along the way. A good tracker could show you how large a human footprint on this natural setting of the Earth can be. They haven't gotten one yet. Damon Gameau shows great promise as the young man who has developed that rare quality called conscience and we identify with his strength of character.
There is plenty of intrigue between characters as new situations arise, but The Tracker lacks the complexity of the screenplay thanks to the director's political heavy-handedness. As they trek further into the wilderness, the fugitive remains elusive, and the brutal aggression of the expedition leader turns the mission sour. I recognized him from the movie Walkabout when he was just a boy. And though, it never, never gets preachy I think it portrays a valuable lesson to learn: Hope and Peace, will come when Respect and Tolerance are brought to pass between Nations. Visit Storyline: It's 1922; somewhere in Australia.