After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.
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May 08, 2018 at 08:54 AM
An informative and compelling watch
I for one didn't know much of the Apartheid 'era' (for want of a better word), but found his film to be a raw and confronting telling of the draconian state of affairs predominately black South Africans were forced to suffer through.
Whitaker's performance was flawless. Bana's was solid.
That last scene in the court room was bloody gripping.
Part of me would have liked to have seen Bana break at some point but I was left satisfied enough at how his story ended up being told.
It's not one you'd plan your night around but I felt it had enough grit and intrigue to earn its rating.
Worth watching. They tell an incredibly important story well.
The story of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be required viewing as far as I'm concerned. The actors and director clearly care about this story and they have told it well. I'm a white South African with family that were in the police and military during this time. I think this movie is incredibly well done. Don't worry about the camera angles and makeup; just watch, enjoy, and maybe even learn something.
My favourite exchange:
"Do you know what Paradise Lost is?"
"No, you clutch plate. It's a poem... about me!"
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This is a brilliant movie about a very sensitive subject. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a truly courageous and noble initiative to deal with the atrocities committed under apartheid in South Africa. Like the last reviewer, I'd probably give the movie a 7.5/10. That this movie was filmed in South Africa with South African actors (besides Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, of course) impressed me even more! The performance by Thandi Makhubele (Mrs. Marobe) in the scene where she confronts one of her daughter's killers towards the end was particularly poignant. One can imagine such scenes playing out in real life during the TRC hearings.