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Hope Eternal (2008)

After the violent death of her Welsh rugby-loving doctor boyfriend in the country's civil war, a Malagasy nurse working at a child hospice in Congo makes a pilgrimage to Wales to sprinkle his ashes on the turf of the Millennium Stadium.


Karl Francis


Karl Francis (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Christine Rochat Genoud Christine Rochat Genoud ... Hope
Richard Harrington ... Evan
Lusungu Munthali Lusungu Munthali ... Bantu
Joanna Griffiths Joanna Griffiths ... Elen
Evans Bwalya Evans Bwalya ... The Blind Girl's Father
Pulani Topham Pulani Topham ... Pastor Alidah
Mary Banda Mary Banda ... Mary
Vutiwe Miti Vutiwe Miti ... Salsa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Boucher Mark Boucher ... Grif
Sebastian Knoebl Sebastian Knoebl ... Remy
Robbie McBride Robbie McBride
Dorothy Mupenda Dorothy Mupenda ... Sonia
Wyndham Price ... Uncle
Shane Williams Shane Williams ... Himself


Hope Eternal tells the story of a Madagascan nurse working in a TB and Aids hospice in the Congo. When not in work, Hope helps trafficked street kids get well; she mothers them, houses them, teaches them, protecting them from sexual abuse. Hope collects the details of abuse stories for a Charity which we read about in our media. Her life is always in danger. Hope understands sick men. She has been a trafficked woman from age 8 - 17. She finds it easier to love children than trust men. She meets a Welsh doctor. His name is Evan. Evan has given up his soft medical life in Britain to work in the Congo. They fall in love. They make plans to see Wales and help the World, and he introduces Banti, the 14 year old daughter of Hope to the passions of rugby. Bantu loves rugby and especially the inspiration of Shane Williams, the Welsh rugby international. The film moves from the Congo to another in the Copperbelt of Northern Zambia. The love story is beautiful and brief. Evan has helped save ... Written by Karl Francis

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Plot Keywords:

congo | welsh | wales | rugby | africa | See All (11) »


I wanted to live outside my own history and here I am!


Drama | Romance



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Bemba | Swahili | Afrikaans | Welsh | English

Release Date:

15 September 2008 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Democratic Republic Of Congo See more »


Box Office


£350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)


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Selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2009 Oscars. It will compete against 66 other films, all from different countries, for one of five nominations. See more »

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Not totally hopeless
3 February 2009 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I saw this last month at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. This is basically a made for TV movie and I wouldn't expect it to have much chance in art house theatrical release. From writer/director Karl Francis this tells the story of Hope (Christine Rochart Genoud) who is Madagascan and works in an AIDS hospice in the Congo. She is a single mother to her daughter Bantu (Lusungu Munthali) and they live in a dangerous war-torn area of the country. Hope falls in love with Evan, a Wesh doctor (Richard Harrington) and they plan to get married and move to Wales. The story of war, love, sacrifice, human trafficking, art trafficking and rugby (yes, rugby) takes us from the Congo into Zambia and Wales and uses seven different languages throughout the film. This is a collaboration of the UK, Zambia, Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa and was Zambia's official submission for consideration to the 81st Academy Awards for foreign language film. this film is pretty cluttered with too much going on yet it kind of drags along. It gets kind of silly and implausible at times and incorporates a weak script with some bad dialog. It's not totally hopeless though and I would give it a 6.0 out of 10.

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