The Last Wave (1977)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Australia, 1977.  , , , .  Screenplay by Peter Weir, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Highly atmospheric drama by Peter Weir, about a Sydney lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) who is assigned the case of defending five aboriginal citizens accused of murdering a sixth. Although the general consensus is that there are no tribal aboriginals in the big city, Chamberlain is convinced that some kind of ritual misdeed has occurred and is connected with the victim’s death. His investigation into this possibility occurs in tandem with some very frightening dreams he has of apocalyptic floods destroying the earth, and his foray into the unknown completely changes his life and threatens his sanity. Weir’s direction and the cinematography are superb, the story, even at its most obscure, is always mesmerizing.

The Criterion Collection:  #142

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