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What a shocking story.
written by alienx May 21, 2004 - 9:17 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I gave the movie 7 stars. This was because the story behind the film seemed far more significant than what was able to be displayed on the screen. This is not to say that the film istself was in any way a disappointment, simply that the story seemed much bigger than the film.

I can't add anything new to the description of the story as reviewed by others here. But I would like to make it clear that this was a very thought-provoking film. I was shocked to learn exactly how long this ridiculous ideology was perpetuated by the Australians. Watch the movie and you will see what I mean. I am now inspired to read the book that this film was based on.

If This Film Doesn't Touch Your Heart You Haven't Got A Soul
written by stypee May 10, 2004 - 12:48 AM PDT
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
It's very rare to come across a film that embraces your emotions at full throttle while at the same time forces one to step back and look into their own humanity. "Rabbit Proof Fence" is such an intensely dramatic film that within 15 minutes you become so entranced, you forget you're watching a movie. This is the primary role of the filmmaker and it's been done with perfection.

I felt every ounce of shame for the disgusting ideologies people inflict on other people. To be blunt, I was disgraced at the white color of my own skin.

What "Fence" does is avoid your typical formulaic "go for the heart string" devices. Instead, with all it's might and bravery it displays a harsh moment in history that not many people may have been aware of.

The story follows three little girls who are taken from their Mothers and put in a wicked dormitory in an attempt to train them to be "white". In 1931, some sick moronic government created what was called "half-caste" children, kids who had both white and black parents. The children were selected in a comfortable office and hand picked by a man the kid's called "Mr. Devil".

Our story begins a day or two after the three kids are taken to the "school". The eldest, a real surviver, escapes and takes her sister and cousin with her. Their two month journey starts with nail biting suspense, acts of human kindness by people of all colors and a drive to return home.

Noyce creates an intensity that pulls you in all directions and not once does he ever over step on or over his boundaries. The three key actresses who have never acted before in their lives give performances that would slap any Hollywood child actor in the face.

"Rabbit Proof Fence" is a must see with a very touching nod to another particularly heart wrenching film at the very end. An overlooked gem which thankfully gives us another use for kleenex.

The disc includes a wonderful "making of" (and film commentary) which for the first time in the history of DVD extra's made me cry, yet again during my one viewing of this film. It documents the purity and innocence of these three native Australian girls as they learn how to become the outstanding young actresses they eventually translate into real life characters (the film is based on a true story) onto screen.

FILM FACT: While it was fairly well publicized that Peter Gabriel did the soundtrack to the film, if your a fan of the musician you may want to take notice of little nuances he adds to the score from his past records, most notably there are some distinct and obvious rhythms from the albums UP and a very subtle touch of SECURITY.

strong film
written by CStone January 1, 2004 - 7:33 PM PST
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
very poignient illustration of eugenics/genocide 1940s-50s style.


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