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U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005)

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A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen, set in a modern-day South African township.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pauline Malefane ...
Andile Tshoni ...
Jongikhaya
Lungelwa Blou ...
Nomakhaya
Zweilungile Sidloyi ...
Lulamile Nkomo (as Zorro Sidloyi)
Andries Mbali ...
Bra Nkomo
Zamile Gantana ...
Captain Gantana
Andiswa Kedama ...
Amanda
Ruby Mthethwa ...
Pinki
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Ross Garland ...
Policeman
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U-CARMEN is a feature film based on Georges Bizet's 19th-century opera that was filmed on location in a modern South African township setting. The energy, compassion, and heat of township life in all its elements create a constantly visually interesting and dynamic background for the unfolding of the story, which owes part of its huge popularity to the thrilling combination of a violent gangster tale with a passionate, almost supernatural love story. As it unfolds, it explores issues of fame and wealth, the position of a strong and independently minded woman in a very masculine society and, perhaps most importantly, the incomprehensible attraction between abuser and victim. Bizet's opera, based on Prosper Merimée's novel, premiered in Paris on March 3, 1875. Set in a poor area of Seville, the story of the magnetic woman who seduces, loves, and ultimately destroys her lover and herself, is well known. Girl (Carmen) seduces boy (Don José), boy becomes completely obsessed, girl leaves ... Written by KOCH Lorber Films

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1 April 2005 (South Africa)  »

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ZAR 5,279,093 (estimated)
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Version of Carmen (1932) See more »

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Carmen
Opera by Georges Bizet
performed by the South Africa Theater Company
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Carmen is magnificent
13 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was so mesmerized by this movie that when it was over I was left in shock. The characters took on such an incredible reality that they became part of my life for that 1.5 hours that the movie ran. I thought the actors were magnificent, especially the lead. She was so genuine and so real that I was rooting for her through out the movie. The musical score was equally moving. In fact, it took the combination of the music and the acting that was so magical for me. This is a movie for all ages and is not just entertainment, but is also educational. It teaches the audience that actions have consequences, and sometimes these consequences are much more drastic then expected.


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