An elderly man owns a small, isolated general store, somewhere in rural South Africa. After suffering a series of burglaries, which culminate in the murder of a night-watchman, the ... See full summary »
An elderly man owns a small, isolated general store, somewhere in rural South Africa. After suffering a series of burglaries, which culminate in the murder of a night-watchman, the Storekeeper finally takes the law into his own hands - with tragic consequences. Written by
Gavin Hood <email@example.com>
Simplistic short film that still manages to be engaging despite the rather basic message being ultimately delivered in a rather obvious way
An elderly man owns a small convenience store in rural South Africa. He has not much stock and doesn't take much money but what he has is his and he tries to protect it the best he can. However one robbery continually tries to steal from him no matter what steps he takes to protect against it.
On the DVD for Tsotsi, this short film has a very clear message that greeting aggression with more aggression is not going to solve anything in even the short or even long term. It is a simple message and indeed it is delivered within quite a simple short film. This will perhaps annoy some viewers and it is a weakness that the message is so obviously played out. I suppose this was unavoidable given the way the story goes but in credit to Hood the subtly he lacks here as writer he has as director. Without any dialogue the film uses the actors' faces and bodies really well to convey emotion and it is expertly shot throughout, having a good sense of place to it that doesn't do down the area or gloss it up like some films will do with "wilderness" type settings.
Overall then a simplistic short film but it still manages to be engaging despite the rather basic message being ultimately delivered in a rather obvious way. However Hood makes up for his writing with his direction, which is roundly good.
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