Monday, April 11, 2016

Where the Green Ants Dream A.K.A. Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen (1984)

A West German drama directed by Werner Herzog, starring Bruce Spence.
A mining company wants to drill on land that is sacred to Australian Aborigines. The geologist initiates communication with the tribesmen, trying to make a deal for the land.
This was not too bad. The plot reminded me of Fern Gully (1992) and Avatar (2009). Even the ending was similar. The main character was very well acted and appropriate for the part. His previous roles were as pilots in the Mad Max series. The camera-work featured repeating shots that were very effective. The 2 that come to mind are the pan of Aborigines sitting in a line and the elevator scene. There seemed to be some sort of abstract and inconclusive (if not tragic) humor being used, but that type of thing is difficult to define. Another thing that I noticed was an Aboriginal dance similar to that of the Cleyrans and Burmecians in Final Fantasy IX. Overall, a pretty decent predecessor for Fern Gully and Avatar. I rate it adequate.

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