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Something Necessary (2013)

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SOMETHING NECESSARY is an intimate moment in the lives of Anne and Joseph. A woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2007 elections claiming ... See full summary »


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SOMETHING NECESSARY is an intimate moment in the lives of Anne and Joseph. A woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2007 elections claiming the life of her husband, the health of her son and leaving her home on an isolated farm in the Kenyan countryside in ruins, she now has nothing but her resolve to rebuild her life left. A young man, troubled gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption. Both, Joseph and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on. Written by Anonymous

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Revealing inside view in Kenyan civil war issues, different from abstract reports in newspapers. It is special in equally showing both sides, without judging about good or bad
12 July 2013 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as part of the Rotterdam film festival 2013 (IFFR). It shows the fallout of a civil war in Kenya after a presidential election in 2007 with controversial results. The story starts when victim Anne is allowed to leave her hospital bed. She learns that her husband was killed and her son heavily injured after their farm was raided by a drunken gang. Against all odds she wants to rebuild the burned down house, trying to start a new life at the very place with so many bad memories. The predictable comments from family and friends are far from encouraging, but she persists nevertheless.

A separate story line revolves around Joseph, a member of aforementioned gang. He is trying to disconnect himself from his former friends, to come at peace with what happened at the same time. Part of the healing process is that he makes attempts to help Anne, e.g. by stealing building material from his employer and delivering it on her doorstep. For some time he succeeds in avoiding to reveal his identity to Anne.

It cannot be prevented, however, that Anne and Joseph meet each other, causing past memories to be relived as a logical side effect. Gradually we obtain more information what happened in the dreaded night, in the form of flashbacks. Luckily, the gory details are left to our imagination for the greater part.

The grand achievement of this film is the revealing inside view in Kenyan civil war issues. It is very different from the more abstract reports in newspapers and on TV. It was a very nice touch that both sides were shown without judging about good and bad, in the form of the two parallel story lines crossing each other a few times. However, it leaves you with a depressed feeling about all the misery that has been caused and the waste of human lives, for no reason other than politicians who artificially create "them" and "us" differences between people while it benefits their own purposes.

All in all, I could do nothing else than giving the maximum score for the audience award when leaving the theater. The resulting final score, based on 164 votes, was a far above average 4.128 (out of 5), resulting in a 31st place (out of 178).

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