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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 »

Connections

Version of Boesman and Lena (1973) See more »

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Brilliant performance, daring movie-making, truly independent
17 February 2008 | by hannahlauferSee all my reviews

I did not read anything about the film before I watched it, by chance, last Saturday evening. And then, as I was watching it, I felt the misery of Lena and Boesman into my bones. I was so captivated by the acting and the tone and the filming that I listened only partially to the dialogues. My husband fell asleep soon after we went to bed and I was sleepless, under the impact of the film. I wanted to wake him up just to say:"if I would ever vote for an Oscar nomination, it would be for these two actors." I decided to wait until the next day. Then I read more about the film on IMDb, and was sad to learn that Mr. Berry died before the release of the film and that he had probably never seen the last version of his brilliant masterpiece. I still want to tell him that to me his film was a true independent film, in its concept and spirit. The actors are to be praised not only for their brilliant performance but for accepting a part with no shine, no showing off, well to the contrary, displaying the true image of human depression. Sad but poignant.


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