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Tsotsi (2005)
UK / Zulu
"In this world... redemption just comes once. "
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader (Chweneyagae).
Presley Chweneyagae David/Tsotsi
Terry Pheto Miriam
Kenneth Nkosi Aap
Mothusi Magano Boston
Zenzo Ngqobe Butcher
Zola Fela
Rapulana Seiphemo John Dube
Nambitha Mpumlwana Pumla Dube
Jerry Mofokeng Morris
Ian Roberts Captain Smit
Percy Matsemela Sergeant Zuma
Thembi Nyandeni Soekie
Owen Sejake Gumboot Dlamini
Israel Makoe David/Tsotsi's father
Sindi Khambule David/Tsotsi's Mother
Director: Gavin Hood
Producer: Peter Fudakowski
Writer: Athol Fugard,Gavin Hood
Powerful Cinema
There is a tendency for South African cinema (such as it is) to want to see itself through the eyes of the world. Hence the many comments such as "this film could be set in LA" (ie: it's almost as good as an American movie) As a result, most cinema from South Africa is often very limited in its artistic ambitions and storytelling usually takes second place to making sure South Africa "looks good" on the screen so that "people overseas" will see "our beautiful country" The Australians used to call this the cultural cringe and it also took them some time to find their voice.

Tstosti is a wonderfully told piece of cinema set in the distinctive word of black Johannesburg criminals (I say black, because there is a very different world for white criminals)It works because underneath all the bells and whistles of great camera angles, phenomenal acting and- yes- its unique setting lies something much, much more important: A strong, strong story. A story about things that every human on earth can identify with (love and death). This is not a film for "people overseas"- it's a film in which South Africans to see and hear themselves as real people and not as feeble caricatures gleaned from countless Hollywood movies.

It might well be the start of a something great.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 7.5
Musician: Paul Hepker
Running time: 94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) / USA
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3