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Samson & Delilah – A Love Story

Samson & Delilah is a story of the lives of two Aboriginal teenagers. I loved this film. This is a film that is heartbreaking, beautiful and frustrating at the same time…

Samson & Delilah is a story of the lives of two Aboriginal teenagers, the life they were born into and their journey for something else.

Living in a tiny Aboriginal community in central Australia, they live in poverty, bound by the repetition of their days- Samson with little more than glue sniffing to pass the time and Delilah with the responsibility of caring for her grandmother and home.

When the repetition is broken, and each respectively beaten for it, they journey to the nearest city. The city lights imply hope, but the destination greets them with intense judgement and devastating consequence. Their survival consists of living under a bridge, stealing and the pity (or comradery) of an alcoholic homeless man. It is heartbreaking to watch their lives deteriorate. Delilah’s strength seems to carry the two, but the continued and often horrific experiences that she has in the place where she had searched to have a better life, lead her down the path that Samson has already taken.

This is a story not only about two teenagers struggling to live, but also about the bleak future that much of the Aboriginal community have within Australia. Born into a life that barely allows them to survive, the opportunity for them to break this cycle seems virtually impossible.

This is a very raw movie and- as not a word is spoken between Samson and Delilah- their hopes and their tragedies are told visually and through the eclectic soundtrack. The performances are powerful and very grounded; Delilah with her ongoing resilience against what she is confronted with, and Samson, purely in the sparks of humour and
sweetness that surface throughout the film. They make an endearing couple, joined by helplessness, a grounded love and subtle understanding of their relationship and one another.

I loved this film. Everything about it. This is a film that is heartbreaking, beautiful and frustrating at the same time but, as director and writer Warwick Thornton said, "We don’t have the answer, but at least we are asking the question… It is important that these kids have a future, the tragedy is only beginning if we don’t do anything."

Michele Romaine

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