This reminded me of the artsy/European movies I see at the independent theater. Unlike the usual
American movies, with special effects and glamor, this movie portrays a story of friendship that requires patience to sit through. There is a gradual, unfolding plot and a development of characters through flashback/narration. It has a very strong religious theme of redemption, one of the characters having skeletons/baggage or "dragons" to deal with, like all of us. The portrayal of the Spanish Civil War is very clean, and some may not like that, being used to seeing intense gore, cussing, and chilling ruthlessness when this War is presented in other movies. Overall, I was not disappointed at the end as the movie reaches its climax, to show the ability of the human soul to come back from the brink. The movie would not be appropriate for children to see.
The pic describes a clique who have to get high each time that a member of their group loses their
virginity. Most of the movie is about the one boy who can't seem to lose it, first because he breaks up with his girlfriend and then he gets made a fool of on youtube by a lady who takes advantage of him still being a virgin. There is no parental supervision, except that perhaps the parents want their kids to go have sex and be de-flowered. There is certainly zero, zilch, nada sense of morality, character, or bodily control. I failed to see how the movie was comical, or reflected life, or art. It was a cheap and nasty money-maker meant to draw youth to the theater and manipulate them with more of the same de-virginizing theme seen in other useless movies.
There are three stories. 1) Kidman's story of a widow trying to take over her late husband's ranch
in Australia during WWII while crooks try to steal it from her. 2) Jackman showing us how to survive in the harsh outback while falling in love with Kidman and being a father figure to the aboriginal kid she becomes attached to. 3) The aboriginal kid trying to avoid being forced into a school run by the Catholic church for the purpose of civilizing the aborigines. The three stories provide lots of opportunity for great cinematography, drama, romance, intrigue and are woven together for a happy resolution at the end. I don't recommend seeing this movie when you are tired, since a few parts are slow, but I do strongly recommend seeing it. I don't know if the historical presentation of schools for aborigines is fair to the church but I assume that Hollywood has a need to backhand religion in the movies whenever it gets the chance.
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