Set in Cape Town, Long Street is an intimately rendered portrait of the fragile relationship between recovering drug addict Sia (Sannie Fox) and her mother Maria (Roberta Fox). Sia is thrown out of rehab and has to return to her mother's home. The two women have long stopped trusting each other, and their relationship has collapsed into a simmering sea of anger and disappointment. At the same time, Sia's father is suffering from writer's block and has a deep desire to reconcile with his daughter and estranged wife, but cannot find a way to express himself. When a Zulu singer named Andiswa (Busi Mhlongo) enters their lives, her powerful presence and musical genius brings the mother and daughter together again. Andiswa uses the healing power of her voice to allow Sia and Maria to forge their relationship anew and discover things they didn't know about each other and themselves. This story is very close to director Revel Fox's own experience as a father. He dealt with his own daughter's ... Written by
To watch this film, you have to be prepared for a very unconventional way of story-telling. For the first half of the film, the characters seem unconnected, but persevere and you will be rewarded. It's a portrait of a family that's completely at odds with my own experience, but I can empathize with it and be very glad that I have not had experiences like these. As Sia, Sanni Fox is enigmatic, as anyone with her personal travails would be. Her parents, played by David Butler and Roberta Fox, made me feel both sorry for them and angry because they did so little to change their lives.
I lived and worked in Cape Town for over twenty years and the photography brought memories of the beauty of the city. Not only the sweeping panoramas of the mountain, but also shots of urban landscape.
Film-making in South Africa has not reached the heights of what we see from Australia & New Zealand. here's one film that allows us to hope that this may change.
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