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In My Country

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2004
  • John Boorman
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

A journalist and a poetess meet during the hearings of South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The real life injustices and horrors of South Africa under apartheid are given a sanitised sheen in director John Boorman's well-intentioned though contrived historical drama. Made the same year as the superior and similarly themed Red Dust, the film takes a fictional look at the 1990s Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings that granted amnesty to human rights abusers who publicly admitted their guilt. Seen through the eyes of two journalists - Juliette Binoche's stunned Afrikaner and Samuel L Jackson's idealistic American - events have an unrealistic, made-for-television feel that barely captures the deep significance and emotional intensity of these legal sessions. It's only the victims' shocking testimonies that add power and pathos to the pedestrian narrative, but they're sadly overshadowed by a clunky and clichéd romance between the two struggling leads.

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Credits

Cast

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Langston WhitfieldSamuel L Jackson
Anna MalanJuliette Binoche
De JagerBrendan Gleeson
Dumi MkhalipiMenzi "Ngubs" Ngubane
AndersonSam Ngakane
ElsaAletta Bezuidenhout
Edward MorganLionel Newton
BoetieLangley Kirkwood
Reverend MzondoOwen Sejake

Crew

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DirectorJohn Boorman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Languages
English | Afrikaans
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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