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Athol Fugard (play)
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Intense love and hate bring a man and woman through personal tragedy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Danny Glover ... Boesman

Angela Bassett ... Lena
Willie Jonah ... Old Man
Graham Weir ... Recycle man
Anton Stoltz ... Farmer

Directed by
John Berry 
Writing credits
Athol Fugard (play)

John Berry (adaptation)

Produced by
Wren T. Brown .... associate producer
Nina Heyns .... line producer
François Ivernel .... producer
Jeremy Nathan .... co-producer
Pierre Rissient .... producer
John Stodel .... co-producer
Original Music by
Wally Badarou 
Cinematography by
Alain Choquart 
Film Editing by
Jeanne Moutard 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Jackie Mayou 
Production Design by
Max Berto 
Art Direction by
Mike Berg  (as Michael Berg)
Mike Berg 
Set Decoration by
Fred Du Preez 
Makeup Department
Kashka Banjoko .... key hair stylist
Diane Hammond .... key makeup artist
Debbie Hare .... hair stylist
Debbie Hare .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alan Shearer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendy Alport .... first assistant director
Claire Letoret .... assistant director
Makkie Slamong .... assistant director
Sound Department
Eric Bizet .... assistant sound editor (2000)
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Jacques Descomps .... sound mix technician
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound
Special Effects by
Mario Duthie .... special effects assistant
Mickey Kirsten .... special effects coordinator
Max Poolman .... key special effects
Vasili Rinquest .... special effects assistant
Anthony Mo Marais .... stunt coordinator (as Mo Marais)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Mckay .... gaffer
Alan Raad .... clapper loader
Casting Department
Leo Davis .... casting associate
Alyssa Weisberg .... casting consultant: USA
Editorial Department
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Music Department
Régis Dupré .... conductor
Other crew
Shireen Hattingh .... assistant to producer
Bénédicte Kermadec .... script supervisor
Jo Kirsten .... production coordinator (as Jo Muzzell)
Alida Rubens .... assistant accountant

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USA:90 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Criminally underrated, 30 April 2006
Author: robb_772 from United States

] Haven't seen this film? Haven't even heard of this film? It wouldn't surprise me. One of the few truly "independent" films produced in the last ten years, no studio had faith in the picture and it was never picked up for major distribution. The independent company Kino Films, gave BOESMAN AND LENA a very limited run with virtually no promotion, and the majority of major film critics didn't even bother reviewing it. I guess a movie based on a one act, one set play about the apartheid and its affect on two individuals never really had a chance in today's market - and it's the intelligent film-lover's loss.

For the record, both Angela Bassett and Danny Glover deserved Ocsar nominations (as did the cinematographer) but the film received such little fanfare that I can't even blame the academy on that one. This is a film that is challenging, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, and it actually requires the audience to meet it on it's own terms. Taking that into consideration, it is definitely not a movie for mindless entertainment. Director John Berry wisely does not attempt to dress-up Athol Fugard's play. Sure, we're given a few fractured flashbacks and some breathtaking scenic shots, but the film version of BOESMAN AND LENA remains, on the whole, a story of two people living in inhumane conditions.

Stripped of their basic human rights, Boesman (Glover) and Lena (Bassett) have no one left to attack but each other. A third character joins them for awhile (Willie Jonah, amazing in a largely silent role), but the film's focus never strays from the title characters and what they've become. Bassett and Glover give brave performances as the broken couple, performances that simply could not be improved upon. Vigorously and brutally stimulating, both intellectually and emotionally, BOESMAN AND LENA deserves to be rediscovered of home video. Hands down, one of the best film of the year 2000.

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