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Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on January 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM


Nicolas Roeg


IDEA:   After being abandoned by their father in the outback of Australia, two English siblings encounter an aborigine boy in the midst of his walkabout.

BLURB:   There are incidents in nature that are brutal and gruesome, and then there are ones that are ecstatic in their pure, unfiltered splendor. Sometimes, as in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout, these things go together. A kangaroo is hunted and beaten while a naked young woman swims in a lagoon; aborigine women crowd into a charred automobile beside a dead body while kids playfully swing by a tree branch; the vast, mystical Australian outback glistens like gold, while a closer look reveals its lizards chomping down on small insects. Roeg’s film is a loose, freeform half-memory, dipping in and out of lucidness while ruminating on concepts of communication, civilization, and the shared primal instincts of living things that are finally disarmed by the sociological differences that keep a certain species – humans – forever apart.

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