Australia オーストラリア

We can see that the heart and soul of Australia lies within the mythology and customs of Australia's indigenous people and their tumultuous relationship with European settlers with this film. The film is made flesh in the form of young Nullah, a mixed race Aboriginal boy. He is played by Brandon Walters(ブランドン・ウォルターズ), who is impressive in his debut performance. With Nullah playing narrator, the audience is introduced to Lady Sarah Ashley, played by Nicole Kidman(ニコール・キッドマン), an English aristocrat who inherits her husband's cattle station which is located in Darwin. She tries to herd 1500 head of cattle in order to fulfill a contract with the Australian Army with The Drover, played by Hugh Jackman(ヒュー・ジャックマン). Both Kidman and Jackman provide noteworthy performances and believable on screen chemistry with the help of Australia.

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Benjamin Button ベンジャミン・バトン 数奇な人生

It's certainly a unique story and nicely filmed, acted and directed. Brad Pitt(ブラッド・ピット)as Benjamin Button is pretty fascinating. He grows up from a wrinkled, old man-baby to a mid-40s guy, and then he re-unites with childhood friend, Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett(ケイト・ブランシェット), and becomes her lover. And in the end, he begins to finally become younger than an adult. There's also sadness to this story as one of its central theme seems to be death. However, it's not a depressing film. It reminds us that the longer we live, the more death of friends and loved ones we witness. That's just a fact of life. This movie makes us appreciate our loved ones we have, and not to take any of them for granted as lives pass us by so fast. No matter which directions we're headed.

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