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Boesman and Lena (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 April 2001 (France)
Intense love and hate bring a man and woman through personal tragedy.

Director:

John Berry

Writers:

Athol Fugard (play), John Berry (adaptation)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Danny Glover ... Boesman
Angela Bassett ... Lena
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Old Man
Graham Weir Graham Weir ... Recycle man
Anton Stoltz Anton Stoltz ... Farmer
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Storyline

On a cold afternoon during the Apartheid era, an aging "Brown" couple arrive at the Swartkops mud flat near Cape Town. They are scavengers rousted out of their shanty town that morning by Afrikaners. They've walked all day carrying what they possess. She may be alcoholic, he's prone to anger: earlier that day, he beat her for something she didn't do. Over the next 12 or 15 hours, their relationship goes through a storm, partly as each remembers earlier events both happy and tragic, and because Lena, over Boesman's objections, takes into their camp an elderly Xhosa tribesman, a Black. Boesman is cruel to the old man, she is kind, and as rain heads toward them, a confrontation develops. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Kino International

Country:

South Africa | France

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

4 April 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Boesman & Lena See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,684, 5 November 2000

Gross USA:

$32,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,625
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director John Berry died during post-production. See more »

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Version of Boesman and Lena (1973) See more »

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When you have fallen into a pit, the edge of the ground is your horizon.
13 October 2001 | by Martin-117See all my reviews

An absorbing (although repetitive and rather didactic) analysis of exploitation and despair in a situation where there is no way forward or up, where the attempts to make yourself feel better by violating and putting down whoever is below you seems to be the only option. But even here, in this desolate wasteland of lost dreams and no future, that does not work, and reaching out to something or someone to comfort and share with, a simple act of charity, gives some reward, even if it just makes the present bearable by reviving memories of the past.

Although there is little actual on screen violence, this is a harsh and brutal film about the small mindedness of oppression (politically and personally) that does not make for easy entertainment. Clearly based on a play, with a small cast, a broader more expansive relation to the general social and political environment would possibly have helped the film to reach a wider audience.


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