In My Country details
|Starring:||Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
In My Country
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Sep 2006|
|Subtitles:||Danish, English, Finnish, German, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Truly AwfulBy Hoss (197 reviews) from Surrey , 26 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Dear oh dear! This is as bad as it can possibly get in movies. Awful acting (especially Jackson), truly risible script, thoroughly rotten directing (Boorman hang your head in shame) all adds up to something instantly forgettable.
What could have been a powerful, gritty drama about the aftermath of the fall of apartheid is turned into a oversentimental, mawkish pile of drivel. Check out the deleted scenes if you really want to choke on your own rising nausea. Absolutely rubbish! You have been warned.
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Superb example of the genreBy a customer , 11 May 2011This had great acting particularly from Jackson and Binoche - the latter did a great Afrikaner accent.
The story was harrowing but one that had to be told.
The music and cinemaphotography were brilliant.
Well worth watching if you like this genre.
In My CountryBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 03 Nov 2010This film could have been a great deal more. It deals with the very sensitive subject of apartheid in South Africa and, I felt, did it rather well. However, it could have been better if the finality of the abolition of apartheid had been included.
The acting left a lot to desire as the style could have come from a Forties movie but overall it was quite an enlightening film, especially for younger persons who were not aware of what was going on in SA at that time.
It's worth a rent but definitely not a purchase.
ShameBy pottedmeat (3 reviews) from London , 25 May 2009This film does no justice to either Krog's work, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or indeed the birth pangs of the 'New South Africa'. It could be Englishman Boorman's hamhanded direction, the bad acting of both the 'stars', (Glesson turns in an acceptable performance) or simply that this story is not suited to the formulaic structure forced upon it by Hollywood film, but this movie is sorely disappointing. There is an ocean of conflicted, subtle but tremendously powerful emotions which South African whites must recognize and come to terms with regarding their complicity in Apartheid. (Unfortunately this film once again tells the white story of Apartheid). I do not believe that these film makers were the right people to tell this story, lacking the understanding necessary to avoid reducing complex cultural nuances and rationalisations to little more than stereotypes drawn from Hollywood films about the the Third Reich. Ultimately they avoid the glaringly obvious questions about man's (and they generally were men) ability to treat his fellow man with such hatred while at the same time for there to be such capacity for forgiveness. I look forward to watching Jacob's adaptation of Coetzee's Disgrace.
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Could not ask for more from this movieBy a customer from London , 11 May 2009My sister and I sat and watched this and loved it from beginning to end. Even rewinding the occasional sentence we missed! The characters and their interaction. There was no aspect of the movie you were allowed to dwell on before you were reminded of another or a new dimension was brought to your attention. Samuel L Jackson says 'it is all about skin!' Juliette Binoche says 'my skin will never forget you. Menzi Ngubs Ngubane (whose beautiful smile lit up the screen) was the gentle African peacemaker good natured yet with a story all his own.... Finally, the very fabric of the story Ubuntu, 'WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, WHAT HURTS ME HURTS YOU'....SENZENINA.
Delicate subject - cleverly handledBy a customer from London , 13 Jan 2009I thought this film was really interesting and the shots panning Cape Point are worth watching the movie alone - some beautiful filming of amazing scenery!
Post-apartheid racism in South Africa is a very live & real issue. This film approached the topic in a very delicate manner through examining the relationship between two journalists covering the post-apartheid trials. It is thought-provoking & very human thanks to some great acting from Jackson & la Binoche.