The Tracker

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  • Summary: The year is 1922. The Tracker has the job of pursuing The Fugitive, an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman, as he leads three mounted policemen: The Fanatic, The Follower and also The Veteran across the outback. (ArtMattan)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Think of an Anthony Mann Western made by an experimental film director and you get an indication of the challenging components of The Tracker, the story of a manhunt that is politically sensitive because of its depiction of atrocities perpetrated on aboriginals by a fanatical white cop.
  2. 88
    The Tracker is one of those rare films that deserves to be called haunting. It tells the sort of story we might find in an action Western, but transforms it into a fable or parable.
  3. Has the punch of a good Western with a clean and direct script plus an adventurous use of songs and folk paintings.
  4. Much of The Tracker, a blunt morality tale about Australian racism, is heavy going.
  5. A third aspect of The Tracker is less successful. In a badly calculated move, Mr. de Heer and singer Graham Tardif fill the soundtrack with songs full of clich├ęs, platitudes, and truisms.
  6. A decent little exercise in nativist outrage, Rolf de Heer's The Tracker, with its dynamic between indigene and colonial oppressor, could've easily been a western.

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