Samson & Delilah (2009)

Life is incredibly unfair. And every now and again a movie comes along to emphasize that very fact and promptly depresses the hell out of me.

Samson & Delilah is that kind of a film. The director, Warwick Thornton, calls it a love story born out of survival.

Just like Rabbit-Proof Fence, this movie highlights the plight of Australia’s Aboriginal population, except that this movie is set in present time as opposed to the 1930s. But things are still not good, not good at all.

Samson and Delilah (played by first-time actors Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson) both live in a remote and run-down Aboriginal outback community. There is nothing there apart from poorly built housing and dust. Lots of dust. So Samson sniffs petrol and just hangs about at his brother’s house while Delilah is busy taking care of her fragile granmother.

Then, due to unexpected circumstances, Samson and Delilah run away to Alice Springs. You’d like to think it’s for a better life but, of course, it’s much much worse and the pair end up living under a bridge with a homeless alcoholic.

Samson & Delilah

Like slowly picking at an oozing scab, the events of the movie unfold, one more painful than the previous, and just when you think it can’t get any worse, something horrible happens. Yet, just like people after losing everything in natural disasters manage to pick themselves up and start again, the characters somehow find the will to go on living, leaving the viewer inspired and carefully hopeful for them.

This is the kind of film that doesn’t necessarily make you cry, it rather paralyses you. I walked out of the cinema feeling stunned and a bit sick to my stomach.

Powerful stuff.

Samson & Delilah is currently showing on Film Flex.


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