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U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005)

A version of Georges Bizet's Carmen, set in a modern-day South African township.

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Mark Dornford-May

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pauline Malefane Pauline Malefane ... Carmen
Andile Tshoni Andile Tshoni ... Jongikhaya
Lungelwa Blou Lungelwa Blou ... Nomakhaya
Zweilungile Sidloyi Zweilungile Sidloyi ... Lulamile Nkomo (as Zorro Sidloyi)
Andries Mbali Andries Mbali ... Bra Nkomo
Zamile Gantana Zamile Gantana ... Captain Gantana
Andiswa Kedama Andiswa Kedama ... Amanda
Ruby Mthethwa Ruby Mthethwa ... Pinki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noluthando Boqwana Noluthando Boqwana ... Manelisa
Ross Garland Ross Garland ... Policeman
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Storyline

U-CARMEN is a feature film based on Georges Bizet's 19th-century opera that was filmed on location in a modern South African township setting. The energy, compassion, and heat of township life in all its elements create a constantly visually interesting and dynamic background for the unfolding of the story, which owes part of its huge popularity to the thrilling combination of a violent gangster tale with a passionate, almost supernatural love story. As it unfolds, it explores issues of fame and wealth, the position of a strong and independently minded woman in a very masculine society and, perhaps most importantly, the incomprehensible attraction between abuser and victim. Bizet's opera, based on Prosper Merimée's novel, premiered in Paris on March 3, 1875. Set in a poor area of Seville, the story of the magnetic woman who seduces, loves, and ultimately destroys her lover and herself, is well known. Girl (Carmen) seduces boy (Don José), boy becomes completely obsessed, girl leaves ... Written by KOCH Lorber Films

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Genres:

Musical | Drama | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

Xhosa | English

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ZAR 5,279,093 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Spier Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Carmen (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Carmen
Opera by Georges Bizet
performed by the South Africa Theater Company
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A very special treat. Rich textures, great acting, fun & gorgeous music.
24 December 2006 | by Steve HerbertSee all my reviews

I don't know why I can't find this movie anywhere in the USA. I saw it in London shortly after it was released. U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha is a departure from the usual movie story-telling. It is novel in it's entire mix of opera and life. It suspends reality right in the middle of reality. It is gorgeous - the colors, the acting, the music and the storyline of course. If you don't walk out with a deeper love of South Africa then you must have closed your eyes. This is such a joyous movie. A must-see particularly if you've had enough of the usual fare. U-Carmen forced me to the realization that Hollywood is formulaic in ways so ingrained I don't even notice. But watch this movie and the cobwebs of Hollywood will be swept away with the banality of your everyday life.


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