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The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 17th, 2020, 2:02 pm
by Cocoa
Film of the Week #333: The Tracker (2002)


It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of capturing him with the help of an experienced Native Australian (The Tracker). So they start their quest in the outback, not knowing that their inner wrestles against and for racism will be more dangerous that the actual hunting for the accused.

#359 on 500<400, with 265 checks.
Nominated by 72aicm and blocho.
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#359(NEW) The Tracker (2002)
Directed by: Rolf de Heer
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Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 18th, 2020, 12:49 am
by blocho
I thought I was going to see a pretty standard outback manhunt movie, like I saw in Sweet Country and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. But it quickly became apparent that the filmmakers had something more mythic and off-kilter in mind. For one thing, the score is mostly modern music (electric instruments) that obliquely comments on the narrative. Scenes of violence are represented by still images of paintings rather than moving pictures. And none of the characters have names.

With the exception of the score, I think all those decisions worked. And along with a strong script and acting, the result is a very compelling story.

Also, it was cool to see Grant Page, who I remember from the stunt half of Stunt-Rock.

Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 20th, 2020, 7:53 am
by weirdboy
Anyone here seen The Nightingale?

When I saw it in the theater, it made me think of this movie (The Tracker) as there are similar characters and situations and they are both kind of over the top with the violence in some scenes. In fact in some ways it almost feels like some sort of homage to Rolf de Heer's film.

Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 24th, 2020, 10:04 am
by weirdboy
So it's the end of the week. Am I really the only person here besides blocho who has seen this film? That seems highly unlikely.

Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 24th, 2020, 12:05 pm
by joachimt
Seen it six years ago. Don't remember enough to comment. 7/10

Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 24th, 2020, 3:19 pm
by Cocoa
I didn't particularity care for it. The music bugged me because it wasn't consistent. Sometimes it was simply instrumental and other times it was really wordy which took me out of the element of this film. It felt like two different movies stitched together. The drawings used to avoid filming certain scenes is a weird technique that I don't think significantly improve or hurt the film. I wasn't a fan of some of the actions a few of the characters decided to do throughout the film.

Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: May 26th, 2020, 2:24 pm
by Lammetje
Just watched it, thought it was alright. I had the same problem with the music as Cocoa though, and I could have done without the drawings.

Re: The Tracker (2002) FotW #333

Posted: July 2nd, 2020, 3:26 pm
by Armoreska
likable film
All men choose the path they walk - an untimely song lyric for 2020.
And other song asking for equality of opportunity when it's time to get closer to equality of outcome.