Ensemble look at people in the orbit of an animal shelter in Cape Town. Kate, the shelter manager, is having an affair with a married man, is estranged from her father, and has caught the eye of a widowed veterinarian. Lindiwe, a single mom, is a domestic for an Afrikaner household and studies at night. Her son becomes the acolyte of Jean Claude, a refugee from Congo with a Ph.D. in astronomy; he's the shelter's handyman, good with people and dogs, hoping to immigrate to Canada. Shairfa, who also works at the shelter, and her husband Habib are trying without success to get pregnant. What is it that holds the matter of the universe together?Written by
[Kate enters the studio]
Are you here for the class?
Come in, come in, don't be shy. We're just getting started. You're in luck. We happen to have one available dance partner for you right here.
[He leads her to Morne]
And just the right height. Your name is..?
Morne, this is Kate - Kate, Morne. Now where was I? Ah, tango. Or what they call in Argentina, "the dance of love".
I have to warn you - he always humiliates the new person.
[Advancing towards Kate]
Would you be so kind as to assist?
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Austin Movie Show review - I fell in love with these characters
Cape of Good Hope is the South African equivalent of Love Actually. It's three separate (yet connected) love stories set in post-Apartheid South Africa, where a person's skin color still determines their social status. A white woman's fears of abandonment keep her in an adulterous affair with a married man, while the man who truly loves her remains invisible. A black woman struggles to support her son and aging mother by working full-time as a housekeeper and working her way through college. The man she falls in love with has a PhD in Astronomy from a university in Congo, but he can't even get a job as a janitor in a planetarium because he is black. A Muslim couple tries to get pregnant, but the husband refuses to believe they can't have children.
Cape of Good Hope says as much about racism as it does about love, but it never comes across as preachy, cheesy, or artificial. These are sweet and intelligent characters who you might just find yourself falling in love with as well. (I'd take a South African man with an Afrikaans accent any day!!!) For all our movie reviews, visit www.austinmovieshow.com.
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