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Ten Canoes (2007)



Critic Consensus: Ten Canoes combines adventure, comedy, and anthropology to explore an Aborigine folk tale both fallibly human and legendary. Helmer Rolf de Heer depicts a barely represented oral tradition with a clean style.

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A fusion of Yolngu and Western mythologies, set in Arnhem Land 120 years ago, the story tells a Yolngu tale before the first white contact.


Crusoe Kurddal
as Ridjimiraril
Jamie Gulpilil
as Dayindi/Yeeralparil
Peter Djigirr
as Canoeist/The Victim/Warrior
Peter Minygululu
as Minygululu
Johnny Buniyira
as Canoeist/Warrior
Michael Dawu
as Canoeist/The Stranger
David Gulpilil
as The Storyteller
Julie Djelrr
as Camp Woman
Valerie Malibirr
as Camp Woman
Rico Pascoe
as Honey Boy/Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Ten Canoes

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (30)

Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.

January 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Sometimes all it takes to bridge the chasm of eons is a little humor.

October 27, 2007 | Full Review…

A new and different kind of cinematic mythmaking.

August 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity.

August 2, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5

Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent.

July 27, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration.

July 19, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ten Canoes


Surprisingly frank and irreverent.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer


Philosophy of the wise and of the Methuselah.Now really,the ancient language fashion is withering,yes?Unless you bring a true auteur with the name of Rolf de Heer and condemn Mr. Gibson to eternal damnation.Pure and locomotive direction and the b/w interaction with the vibrant antique era is engaging to the folktale narration.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Simple aboriginal tales of their ancestors' tribes, with typical humour.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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