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Le secret de Chanda (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 March 2011 (South Africa)
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A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.

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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
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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

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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11 March 2011 (South Africa)  »

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A Vida, Acima de Tudo  »

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Opening Weekend:

$13,788 (USA) (17 July 2011)

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$134,078 (USA) (20 November 2011)
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11 January 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is very tender-hearted film and well acted. It grows on you so bare with it, because the characters develop through-out. It took sometime before I felt being pulled into this story, but I am very happy I stayed with it. The film has a very strong feeling of authenticity. It's not trying to swindle you with false emotions; it never sinks into false melodrama.

The theme is of struggle – and the resiliency of women – more particularly a young girl growing up. The struggles are with poverty, AIDS, abandonment, and ignorance. The individuals face their issues with a stoical, but telling emotion. The performances are strong and intense. The ending brings us a soulful resolution.


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