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thumbnail Sweet Country (2017 Australia)

Crime, Event, Genre, Western , trackback

Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Bryan Brown, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan
Genre: Crime/western
Duration: 113 mins

Directed by Warwick Thornton and winner of the Special Jury Prize – Venice Film Festival.
A period western, set in the late 1920s on the Northern Territory frontier, where justice itself is put on trial. Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback. 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 and when Sam kills Harry in self-defence he becomes a wanted criminal, and is forced to flee with his wife 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.

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