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Samson and Delilah [DVD] [1900] [1 disc] [Region 1]

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  • Two teenagers find love and look for a place where they can be together in peace in this comedy-drama from Australia. Samson (Rowan McNamara) is fifteen years old and lives in a shabby town in the outback, where he huffs gasoline to get high, hangs out with his friends and spends his days goofing off and getting into minor trouble. One day, Samson meets Delilah (Marissa Gibson) at the village market, a girl who follows a different path in life -- she looks after her elderly grandmother (Mitjili Gibson), and helps her create paintings that they sell to tourists to support themselves. While Delilah doesn't have much to say to Samson at first, he's immediately taken with her and shows his affection with a graffiti painting. While she's not willing to admit it at first, Delilah has feelings for him as well, and when her grandmother encourages her to follow her heart, the two begin dating. But life is difficult on the outback, and when they both become victims of violence, Samson and Delilah hit the road and begin looking for a town where they can lead a better life. The first feature film from writer and director Warwick Thornton, SAMSON AND DELILAH was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the "Un Certain Regard" program.
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  • Credits
    Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Scott Thornton
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "Tender and beautifully acted, it's an unflinchingly bleak glimpse of life on Australia's margins."
    Empire

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Filled with brusque tenderness and dusty beauty, director Warwick Thornton's first feature is a fine and moving example of outback neorealism."
    Total Film

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Thornton handles his own cinematography with the same aplomb he brings to pacing the drama, while coaxing performances of touching spirit and vulnerability out of his exceptional non-professional leads."
    Empire

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