Serenades (2001)

  |  Drama, Romance


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A girl is born to an Aboriginal mother and an Afghan father.


6.5/10
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19 July 2001 | tilleykr
A beautiful film
This is a loving, gently told story located in Central Australia in the 1890's, about mixed cultures (Afghan, Australian Aboriginal, and European). It is a hard environment and it is captured in the true colours of the harshness of bush Australia. The cast do a wonderful job in portraying the emotions of the clashes between the cultures, particularly Alice Haines as Jila and Aden Young as Johann. A love story with an anguished background. Not to be missed if you like serious films without the sensationalism or drama of Hollywood. Tenderly directed by Mojgan Khadem. In the words of the publicity for the film: "This is a story of Jila. Conceived against her mother's will, born between two worlds, abandoned by love, cheated by death, removed from her faith and from her place. Given no choice, no say. All her life men decided how she would live, what she would dream, who she would worship, who she would marry. Yet no husband or lover could comprehend the depth of her passion. No Christian or Muslim could fathom her spirit. Only the landscape could give her comfort. Only the music could serenade her soul." Highly recommended 8/10.

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The pre-movie background of lead actress Alice Haines, who in her first feature film role portrays the adult Jila, was as a musical artist and music performer.


Soundtracks

Ding Dong Merrily on High
Music by
Thoinot Arbeau (uncredited) and lyrics by George Ratcliffe Woodward (uncredited), with modified lyrics
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional tune]
Sung by 'Stephen Sheehan' and pupils of Chatswood Public School

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Drama | Romance

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