THE TRACKER

THE TRACKER

THE TRACKER 

DIRECTED BY ROLF DE HEER
AUSTRALIA / 2002 / MAORI AND ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 98 MIN

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1922 and The Tracker (David Gulpilil, Walkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence) has the job of pursuing The Fugitive - an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman - as he leads three mounted policemen: The Fanatic, The Follower and also The Veteran across the outback.

The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, challenged by the indigenous people they come across as well as each other.

"An imposing film that tackles a serious theme with dignity and even audacity and that features production values of the highest quality." ~ David Stratton, Variety

"A high-minded film that at times verges on didacticism, The Tracker is redeemed by its adherence to a simple yet distinctive approach to storytelling and its uniformly strong acting." ~  Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times