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Nowhere in Africa (2001)

Nirgendwo in Afrika (original title)
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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director:

Caroline Link

Writers:

Caroline Link, Stefanie Zweig (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliane Köhler ... Jettel Redlich
Merab Ninidze ... Walter Redlich
Sidede Onyulo Sidede Onyulo ... Owuor
Matthias Habich ... Walter Süßkind
Lea Kurka Lea Kurka ... Regina Redlich (younger)
Karoline Eckertz Karoline Eckertz ... Regina Redlich - Older
Gerd Heinz Gerd Heinz ... Max
Hildegard Schmahl Hildegard Schmahl ... Ina
Maritta Horwarth Maritta Horwarth ... Liesel
Regine Zimmermann ... Käthe
Gabrielle Odinis Gabrielle Odinis ... Dienstmädchen Klara
Bettina Redlich Bettina Redlich ... Mrs. Sadler
Julia Leidl Julia Leidl ... Inge
Mechthild Großmann Mechthild Großmann ... Elsa Konrad
Joel Wajsberg Joel Wajsberg ... Hubert
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Storyline

A Jewish family in Germany emigrate short before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life. Shortly after their departure, things are changing in Germany very quickly, and a turning back seems impossible. So everyone has to arrange himself with the new life in a new continent. Written by Benjamin Stello

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One family's tale of a homeland lost... and a homeland found. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | Swahili | German

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nowhere in Africa See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$716,496 (Germany), 28 December 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,070, 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,173,485, 5 October 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,873,182, 6 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Jettel encounters the old dying woman, her hair is short, but she doesn't get her hair cut until several scenes in the future. See more »

Quotes

Jettel Redlich: Tolerance doesn't mean that everyone is the same. That'd be stupid. What I've learned here is how valuable differences are. Differences are good. And intelligent people will never hold it against you.
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deserves more than one viewing
18 July 2006 | by KalamataSee all my reviews

I did find Nowhere In Africa more absorbing upon a second viewing. It's sneaky. When I watched it a second time, I felt more at ease with the characters, and because of that I found myself able to absorb myself in their problems (and in the way they see them) more completely and to imagine their lives much more fully. Yet this film, beautiful as it is, is more a narrative string, a series of scenes, than a drama. It's not that there is a shortage of drama in the idea - or ideas, for there are many - it is just that the drama is not concentrated on any of the various story lines that keep tantalizing us. They tantalize but are never realized, at least not to the full extent they could have been. The director should have taken one or two of the themes she has here and delved into them much more thoroughly. What we have are a number of interesting sketches but never a full canvas. That does not mean that the movie is without its moments (the brilliant young German daughter speaking with the British school headmaster was one such moment, wonderful), but as a viewer I kept wanting more out of each relationship, both between the humans, and between the humans and the place itself. Too much of the film is a kind of mystery without any solution. The shorthand the director uses to tell us her story feels more like an outline for a movie than a real movie. It's a beautiful trailer that goes on for 140 minutes: time aplenty to have told us a really great story. Nonetheless, I do recommend this film. It is visually quite stunning, and the performances are universally good. A solid 3 stars.


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