Ensemble look at people in the orbit of an animal shelter in Cape Town. Kate, the shelter manager, is having an affair with a married man, is estranged from her father, and has caught the eye of a widowed veterinarian. Lindiwe, a single mom, is a domestic for an Afrikaner household and studies at night. Her son becomes the acolyte of Jean Claude, a refugee from Congo with a Ph.D. in astronomy; he's the shelter's handyman, good with people and dogs, hoping to immigrate to Canada. Shairfa, who also works at the shelter, and her husband Habib are trying without success to get pregnant. What is it that holds the matter of the universe together? Written by
[Kate enters the studio]
Are you here for the class?
Come in, come in, don't be shy. We're just getting started. You're in luck. We happen to have one available dance partner for you right here.
[He leads her to Morne]
And just the right height. Your name is..?
Morne, this is Kate - Kate, Morne. Now where was I? Ah, tango. Or what they call in Argentina, "the dance of love".
I have to warn you - he always humiliates the new person.
[Advancing towards Kate]
Would you be so kind as to ...
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Outstanding movie, first of many not to deal with Apartheid
I was at the NY premier last night at the Angelika Theater, and they sold out the first two showings. From an independent film set in a location like South Africa, dealing with issues not usually dealt with in mainstream cinema, it had an amazing turn out. The director and producer (husband and wife) were there for the premier and had a question and answer session. They were joined by two of the leading actors from the movie, who provided insight into how well the filimg was received in Cape Town. For anyone who seeks an honest look at South Africa today, and wants a brilliantly conceived and produced movie, I highly suggest Cape of Good Hope.
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