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Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil, John Meillon View All


Nicolas Roeg (Director), Edward Bond (Writer) View All

Release: Jul. 1st, 1971
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aboriginal boy who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.
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The premise is the least of concerns but for a basic rundown: a depressed father and his two kids take a trip to the outback for a small picnic, the father soon goes berserk at tiny annoyances, tries to kill his kids (failing), then commits suicide and because of all of this, the kids become strande....
The ritual is specific to males and is supposed to be one of spiritual growth as they transition into adulthood; and although it is applied to the Aborigine "Black boy" (David Gulpilil) in the film, one can say the ritual applies to the "Girl" and the "White boy" (Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg) he stum....