Film review ‘Samson and Delilah’

Asheigh Burns came along to macrobert a few days ago to see Samson and Delilah in our filmhouse and wrote a lovely review of the film…

Samson and Delilah is a beautifully raw story detailing the complexities of life offset against the simplicity that can often be love. Set in an Aboriginal community in Central Australia it follows two youngsters, Samson and Delilah, as they struggle to escape the monotony and tragedy of their lives before finding contentment with each other.

The film, written and directed by Warwick Thornton, deals with loss, compassion, cruelty and exploitation to name but a few; A consistent theme is the individual’s overpowering need for companionship. It’s gritty, focusing on the often unpleasant and seeping in realism tinged with sadness. However, there is the odd inset of soft humour which helps to humanise the characters.

The beginning of the story sees Delilah at first snubbing Samson before finally warming to him. Following a calamity the pair run away together and watching the transition of their relationship whilst on the run is engaging. One of the pinnacle moments at the beginning is when Delilah takes refuge in a beat up car to indulge in her love of music. It is there she witnesses Samson sharing her passion as he dances outside to music of his own. It is through actions like this that the connection between the characters becomes palpable and real.

The cinematography is simple, which is apt, and there is very little in the way of dialogue – the only dialogue serving poignant moments in the narrative – which intensifies the film. The lack of dialogue can make the characters hard to identify with at the start but it eventually becomes natural as the warmth of the personalities becomes evident. There is neither the witty script or cleverly crafted meet cute that is often prominent in modern day tales of romance. The actions of each character speak for themselves and the detail in the characterisation is strong enough to carry the story. The strength of protagonist Delilah (Marissa Gibson) is, if nothing else, worthy of respect and her portrayal is one of the films biggest achievements. It’s tragic – filled with both grief and optimism. It is an original love story that will foster faith in even the most sceptical.

I would like to say a massive thanks to Ashleigh and if you are interested in reviewing any of the movies coming to macrobert please get in touch with Amanda Mcphee via email or give me a call on 01786 467160.

All the best 🙂


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