MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,898 this week

Life, Above All (2010)
"Le secret de Chanda" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  12 May 2011 (Germany)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,003 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 9 user | 71 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $12.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 26 Nov 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 16 Dec 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 08 May 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Life, Above All" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Life, Above All (2010)

Life, Above All (2010) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Life, Above All.
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Yesterday I (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula
Kinyarwanda (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.

Director: Alrick Brown
Stars: Cleophas Kabasita, Hadidja Zaninka, Marc Gwamaka
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Meet John G Morris, 95, a legend of photojournalism, whose unerring eye for the best shot has moved and changed the world. Morris, former Picture Editor of Life Magazine & New York Times ... See full summary »

Director: Cathy Pearson
Stars: John G. Morris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In April 1994, the middle-aged Canadian journalist Bernard Valcourt is making a documentary in Kigali about AIDS. He secretly falls in love for the Tutsi waitress of his hotel Gentille, who... See full summary »

Director: Robert Favreau
Stars: Luc Picard, Fatou N'Diaye, Vincent Bilodeau
Yefon (2015)
Drama | History | Romance

An illiterate village girl defies the customs of her tribe, discriminatory to women, only to become the spark of a Literary Revolution.

Director: Kevin Natera
Stars: Adriana Barraza, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Leleti Khumalo
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with... See full summary »

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé
Interlude (1968)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two strangers experience romance during a six hour train delay.

Director: Takis Kanellopoulos
Stars: Angelos Antonopoulos, Alexandra Ladikou
Wilton's Zoo (1939)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Twelve year old Jan Grovers spends more time in the alleys of Rotterdam than with his family (though he occasionally looks after his tree younger sisters, all of whom are called Mientje). ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Annie van Ees, Albert van Dalsum, Enny Snijders
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Saturday, first day of vocation. Lucas and Felipe decide to go to the beach.

Director: Allan Deberton
Stars: Jesuíta Barbosa, Victor Sousa, Marta Aurélia
Brasília 18% (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A star medical examiner is called to Brasília, the administrative capital of Brazil, to confirm the identity of a beautiful, young congressional aide's dead body. But his scientific rigor soon leads him to details of a multi-layered political scandal.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Otávio Augusto, Othon Bastos, Camilo Beviláqua
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Khomotso Manyaka ...
Chanda
Keaobaka Makanyane ...
Esther
Harriet Lenabe ...
Mrs. Tafa (as Harriet Manamela)
Lerato Mvelase ...
Lillian
Tinah Mnumzana ...
Aunt Lizbet
Aubrey Poolo ...
Jonah
Mapaseka Mathebe ...
Iris
Thato Kgaladi ...
Soly
Kgomotso Ditshweni ...
Dudu
Rami Chuene ...
Aunty Ruth
Jerry Marobyane ...
Mr. Pheto
Tshepo Emmanuel Nonyane ...
Mr. Lesole
Johanna Refilwe Sihlangu ...
Mrs. Lesole
Vusi Muzi Given Nyathi ...
Mr. Nylo
Patrick Shai ...
Dr. Charles Chilume
Edit

Storyline

In the dusty small town of Elandsdoorn, a South African township not far from Johannesburg, life is simple and serene. A prevailing sense of deep pride tightly bonds together the entire community - but beware to those who step out of line ... 12-year-old Chanda is a hardworking promising young student with a bright future, but her life changes dramatically when her baby sister unexpectedly dies. Heartbroken, Chanda's mother, Lillian, in turn becomes severely ill. Her stepfather drowns himself in alcohol, leaving the young girl to take care of her two smaller siblings. Meanwhile, the formerly friendly neighbors become increasingly distant and gossip spreads. "Auntie" Tafa does what she can to help by getting Lillian to leave town, but not even "Auntie" is immune to the cloud of fear filtering across Elandsdoorn. Suspecting that the community's irrational ostracism has to do with her mother's illness and the death of her baby sister, Chanda demands answers but is met with stubborn ... Written by Bavaria International

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some sexual content | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

12 May 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida, Acima de Tudo  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,788 (USA) (15 July 2011)

Gross:

$132,960 (USA) (11 November 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Heartful social drama from suburban South Africa
20 February 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I've been quite surprised if the quality of South African films from the latter years, and this is another example of this quality. And a South African film isn't only Dustrict 9 or Vehicle 19, which both were great, but also film like this little gem, based on the novel "Chanda's secrets" by Canadian Allan Stratton, and directed by the German director Oliver Schmitz, which is born in Cape Town, S.A.

Young Chanda, 12, is checking out the funeral for her little sister Sarah, which have suddenly died, getting to know that the money the mother kept has been stolen. Her father is an irresponsible drunk, and she realizes that her friend is selling services as a prostitute to the lorry drivers down town. Chanda begins to understand a lot about how the world functions. We get to see Chanda's poor neighborhood in Elandsdoorn outside of Johannesburg. Her mother turns ill just after, making even more challenges for Chanda, amongst them a lot of rumors and superstition. A superstition that adds deeply to the challenges in such a poor community.

The film was chosen for the "Un certain regard"-program under the Cannes Festival, very deservedly. I haven't read the novel, but I understand the film makes a good job, though having to let out some if the film to make a film out of it. Fine cinematography work, with great use of light focusing, and great job fond by the actors, makes this a very see-worthy film. It depicts the challenges which might occur in every society, but also the ones hitting especially hard in a poor neighborhood.

It's a beak realistically told film, even if it's a fictional tale. Still the film is not without hope. Chanda makes a big difference in her neighborhood, with her heart and sense of getting things right.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wider release? papillonsarah
Child actors amazing majorfilmlover
A WONDERFUL FILM gjhines
Discuss Life, Above All (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?