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Boesman and Lena (2000)

Intense love and hate bring a man and woman through personal tragedy.

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On a cold afternoon during the Apartheid era, an aging "Brown" couple arrive at the Swartkops mud flat near Cape Town. They are scavengers rousted out of their shanty town that morning by Afrikaners. They've walked all day carrying what they possess. She may be alcoholic, he's prone to anger: earlier that day, he beat her for something she didn't do. Over the next 12 or 15 hours, their relationship goes through a storm, partly as each remembers earlier events both happy and tragic, and because Lena, over Boesman's objections, takes into their camp an elderly Xhosa tribesman, a Black. Boesman is cruel to the old man, she is kind, and as rain heads toward them, a confrontation develops. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Opening Weekend:

$11,684 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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$32,148 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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Bassett & Glover excel in powerful yet slow-moving South African tale
29 April 2004 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

BOSEMAN AND LENA (2000) **1/2 Danny Glover and Angela Bassett give excellent performances in

this adaptation of Athol Fugard's play about a hard-pressed upon

South African married couple sharing hardships and personal

demons after being ousted to the desert from their shantytown

coming to terms with their desperate (and disparate) situations.

Slow-moving and repetitive but still memorable especially for

Bassett's compassionate turn. The last film by well-respected director John Berry.


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