Samson and Delilah
Cert: 15 Year: 2009 Length: 100 mins
Score: 51.6% Attendance: 67
Winner of the Golden Camera Cannes 2009, indigenous director Thornton points his camera at the characters of two troubled teenagers. Petrol-sniffing Samson and artist Delilah leave their homes to head for Alice Springs. Their adventures are bleak, depicted in documentary-like fashion, but with a powerful upbeat conclusion. The director's alcoholic brother plays Gonzo, a tramp who befriends them (and scene-steals with a great rendition of Tom Waits' Jesus gonna be here).
The honest naturalism of the two young leads is the main reason for the film's intense grip and power.
Frank Hatherley, Screen International
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