Ten Canoes
Ten Canoes (2007)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's worth putting up with the meandering story to see the aboriginal world shown from a fresh perspective.

Keeva Stratton
Rescu (Australia)

A beautifully told story, which captures indigenous Australia with warmth and humour.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

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

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Luke Buckmaster

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

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent.

Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Ten Canoes is a celebration of the art of storytelling, and of the power of stories to transcend all barriers of space, time and language. This is a movie with sheer magic in it.

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Mike Scott

A unique and entertaining blend of anthropology and cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Ross Collins
Simple aboriginal tales of their ancestors' tribes, with typical humour.
Dimitris Springer
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… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Ten Canoes" starts with a narrator(David Gulpilil) telling a story about his ancestors. Minygululu(Peter Minygululu), husband to… More
Wu Chouin
Gods must be Crazy, but without the bottle.
Robert Fearon
Surprisingly frank and irreverent.