|Starring:||Brett Goldin, Jeroen Kranenburg, Rouxnet Brown, Tessa Jubber|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Main languages:||English, Afrikaans|
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Historical romance at its bestBy a customer from Glasgow, Scotland , 02 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]The true story of Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a handsome sailor from Amsterdam, and cheeky Hottentot, Claas Blank, arrested attempting to steal back his own cattle from greedy white South African settlers. They meet on Robben Island, notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was sentenced for life. This historical romance is based on accounts taken from actual court records in the Cape colony under Dutch East India Company rule. Though set 1725-35, its central issues of interracial and same-sex love matter as much today, a point made in the film through use of anachronism. This is an emotional love story, about two very different men thrown together by fate. We watch their strange relationship develop over ten years, at a time before there was a word for men who love men. Initially its mutual need for companionship. As Claas struggles with his desires, that develops naturally into sex. In the end, we can be certain they love each other in every way two men can. This is an emotionally powerful film. Shot in an unbelievable 18 days, and made on a shoestring, yet it looks starkly beautiful, interiors like Dutch paintings and glorious South African settings. Some very erotic sex, tasteful but hungrily passionate (Neil Sandilands as Rijkhaart is yummy). Be prepared for graphic violence, disturbing sequences showing torture. Very highly recommended.
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Definitely worth a lookBy ThamesTango (9 reviews) , 13 Feb 2013If you like films like 'Beau Travail' you will like this. Very beautiful to look at, at times the plot is difficult to follow and the mix of periods can be confusing until you realise it's merely to make the point that incidents like this still take place in many parts of the word
The More Times Change, The More They Stay The Same !!!By a customer , 14 May 2012A true story telling of the ten year long love affair in the 18th century, in a Cape Town penal colony on Robben Island, but set in the present day.
Filming is more like a made-for-TV movie than what we are used to, but having been to South Africa, this is how films are over there.
Saying that, the story is excellent and shows how little has changed until recently.
Love in the most unexpected placesBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 10 Oct 2011What a brilliant and deep film showing yet again the plight of Gays. This one, set a couple of hundred years ago, shows the even more difficult times that were endured by those who had the misfortune of being born homosexual.
It's a bit better now I'm pleased to say.
Multi Racial Historical RomanceBy OscarFreak (487 reviews) from London , 19 Sep 2011This movie could have been so much better if the quirks of trying to mix modern day sets, costumes, props with what was an historic event and sets, costumes that reflected the period. The switching of language as well did not help and whilst watchable I was left feeling that some scenes had been shortened to make the film manageable. Acting wise no one stood out and the film is basically one for a rainy day when you have nothing else to watch.
Just finished watching the film...By rollerboi1982 (1 review) from Exeter , 24 Jun 2010I have to say that I really enjoyed this film, once you get over the strange way that 20th Century items keep appearing as props its a very good film based on a true story. Another reviewer wrote that these props were intentionally added to the film, and if so I find that confusing considering it is meant to be a true story.
I can only hope they were accidental, and that limited budget and the director's desire to get the story right caused the production of the movie to take a back seat.
I thought the acting was great, and the story has a bitter sweet ending which none the less left you feeling moved and thoughtful.
A movie well worth the watching - just look past all the vans, 20th Century Clothes and polythene bags....
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