Friday, February 3, 2017

Tanna (2015)

Director(s): Martin Butler, Bentley Dean. Cast: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa. 100 min. Australia/Vanuatu. Drama/Romance.

Marking the first time I've seen (and most likely you'll ever see) a movie from the country called "Vanuatu", this Foreign-Language Oscar nominee delves into the true story of forbidden love deep in a Pacific island jungle, where the nearby active volcano becomes a metaphor for the fire erupting in these two lovers. This is not a movie for every taste, but shows no matter how modernized and evolved humans become, the caveman concepts of tribal prejudice and revenge, and the merits of forgiveness, never change. You probably won't ever visit Vanuatu, so this is your only chance.

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