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James Gregory once lived in a farm and had befriended a native youth, Bafana, and had even had a photograph taken with him. Years later, now married to Gloria and father of three children (Chris, Brett, and Natasha), James has nothing but shame and regret, as many South African Caucasians in the oppressive Apartheid-era ridiculed him, leading him to hate Africans. He seeks to redeem himself by spying on imprisoned African National Congress Leader, Nelson Mandela. In the restrictive high security prison his job is to censor all written and verbal communications between prisoners, their visitors, and correspondence. James is uncomfortable when he witnesses Caucasian police and security officers' brutality against civilians, including infants, and tries to understand why Nelson became a rebel. This leads him to examine the 'Freedom Charter', a banned document, reportedly known to incite violence against 'whites'. And when he does read this document, he changes his mind about Nelson's ... Written by
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Goodbye Bafana is a touching, thought-provoking movie. Extremely well
acted, I loved Joseph Fiennes (James Gregory) and Dennis Haysbert
(Nelson Mandela) in their roles, and Diane Kruger (Gloria Gregory) did
well, too. The movie has the slow, a bit mysterious charm in it, as
August's movies usually do. The color scheme was like African dust,
diluted, sometimes almost raw in the scorching sun. Music supported
various scenes very well, without being too prominent.
The movie starts when a young prison warden James Gregory arrives to
Robben Island 1968 and is addressed to keep an eye on Nelson Mandela,
who is being imprisoned there for his political views. Gregory gets
this mission, because he speaks xhosa, the local language, and
therefore is able to read (and censor) the correspondence in and out of
the prison, as well as understand what the prisoners talk to each
James Gregory is a faithful supporter of apartheid. He believes these
black men are behind bars for a good reason and he supports the
government politics. After he and his family witness a raid in a busy
street, where black people are randomly harassed, Gregory has to answer
the questions of his children - and his explanations sounded shallow
even in his own ears. Very slowly, over the years, he became to see
through the apartheid and change his views.
Dennis Haysbert was chosen to the role of Mandela, because of his
quiet, distinctive charm and mental power. He did a great job. Joseph
Fiennes was chosen because Bille August wanted an actor, who was tough
and yet sensitive, someone who would be able to portray the change in
the character in a period of almost thirty years. It was a very
challenging role but Joe did a marvelous job.
There has been a lot of talk about his South African accent, and mostly
it has been praised. I followed it very closely, and I think Joe did
fine in that area, too. In some scenes the British accent is more or
less audible, but most of the time he does a wonderful job.
Diane Kruger did a good job as James's wife, a mother of two, who was
also raising their kids to support the apartheid. She opposed her
husband being a warden for Nelson Mandela, because she could see that
the close contact with the inmate made cracks to James's shield and his
racistic opinions were vanishing rapidly. She tried to hold onto the
apartheid views for much longer than her husband.
The movie ends to a year 1990, when Nelson Mandela is released from
prison after being incarcerated for 27 years. The era of the new South
Africa was to begin.
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