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Film Review: ‘The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid’

6 February 2015 6:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While we surely haven’t seen the last biopic dedicated to his political foil, collaborator and Nobel co-winner Nelson Mandela, filmmakers have proven more resistant to the complex, compromised life and legacy of F.W. de Klerk, South Africa’s final pre-democracy president. For reasons of balance alone, then, Nicolas Rossier’s no-frills documentary “The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid” is welcome: A mostly diplomatic attempt to paint a fuller portrait of the country’s most rapidly transformative political period for what one of its talking heads refers to as the “Born Free generation.” Yet it’s an opportunity only half-seized: haphazard both as biography and historical survey, the film asks more salient questions than it can answer in a rushed 76 minutes.

For those who didn’t witness the transition first-hand, it’s easy to underestimate de Klerk’s necessarily self-defeating role in bringing South »

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