In this sci-fi adventure a gorgeous alien woman is sent to Earth by mistake from the planet Epsilon. Landing in the Australian outback she meets a surveyor and they cross the continent ...
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"Twelve Canoes" is a series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
In this sci-fi adventure a gorgeous alien woman is sent to Earth by mistake from the planet Epsilon. Landing in the Australian outback she meets a surveyor and they cross the continent together. However, she spends the trip haranguing him for the ecological recklessness and avarice of the human race.Written by
One of only three Rolf de Heer directed theatrical feature films that can be genre classified in the science fiction genre. They are 'Incident at Raven's Gate' (1988), 'Epsilon (aka 'Alien Visitor') (1997), and 'Dr. Plonk' (2007) - the latter because of its time machine and time travel story elements. Each of the three unrelated movies were made about a decade apart in around ten year increments. See more »
In the opening scene when SHE aarrives on earth, you can see that SHE is wearing a body stocking. See more »
It wasn't so long ago, people really did live their lives like that.
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The 1997 theatrical release is 10 minutes shorter than the original 1995 version. Both versions are available on DVD in Australia. See more »
It's no surprise that this movie never had any theatre play in my neck of the woods. No CGI, no explosions, no "action", just plenty of hard-hitting dialogue and a story about overcoming denial and making good decisions.
"Alien Visitor" is a simple tale about how a good natured fellow has his worldview transformed by a woman from another star system. Like most of us, he is aware of Earth's environmental and social problems, but refuses to take any personal responsibility for them, and does his best to ignore the issues altogether. "She" is disgusted by this "Earth mentality", and ruthlessly and repeatedly forces him to face the truth and his own complicity in the planet's destruction.
The movie is primarily a morality tale, and one that should be mandatory viewing in my opinion--the issues are too important to be ignored. But it is also an impressive look at other little concepts, like the stubborn human psyche, or how relationships mean more than anything else. It shows us how difficult it is to shift long-held viewpoints, even with irrefutable evidence, and how it is often love that helps us finally accept ideas that are otherwise too agonizing. Finally, it shows us that we do at least have the power to change ourselves for the better if me just make the effort.
For all this, and that fact that it's all done without a major budget, I give "Alien Visitor" an 8/10.
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