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Lucky (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 July 2012 (South Africa)
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A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city... only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman.

Director:

Avie Luthra

Writers:

Avie Luthra (story), Avie Luthra (screenplay)
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Sihle Dlamini Sihle Dlamini ... Lucky Ntlantla
Jayashree Basavaraj Jayashree Basavaraj ... Padma (as Jayashree Basavra)
James Ngcobo James Ngcobo ... Jabulani
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Dumisani
Brenda Ngxoli Brenda Ngxoli ... Lindiwe
Magdaline le Roux Magdaline le Roux ... Nellie
Mary Twala Mary Twala ... Dudu
Mduduzi Mabaso Mduduzi Mabaso ... Bongile
Jabu Tshabalala Jabu Tshabalala ... Sindile
Kavitha Siverpersad Kavitha Siverpersad ... Waitress
Yule Masiteng Yule Masiteng ... Village elder
Ronnie Nyakale Ronnie Nyakale ... Moli
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A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city... only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman.

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Sometimes luck has to be found.

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Drama

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South Africa

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Zulu | English | Hindi

Release Date:

20 July 2012 (South Africa) See more »

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South Africa

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Lucky was the opening night film at Cape Winelands Film Festival 2012 and won the Special Mention Award. See more »

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Excellent, unusual film from South Africa
9 October 2012 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Lucky (2011/IV) written and directed by Avie Luthra, is a difficult--but excellent--film from South Africa. Sihle Dlamini plays Lucky, a ten-year-old boy who is forced by grim circumstances to leave his village and travel to the city. Life was hard in the country, but life in the city is harder. The only relative Lucky has is his uncle, who barely tolerates him. Lucky wants to go to school, recognizing this is the only path out of poverty and despair. His uncle has other priorities. Lucky's only ally is an older Indian woman, Padma, played by Jayashree Basavaraj.

This is definitely not a feel-good movie. Not only does Padma mistrust Lucky, but her caste apparently forbids her to touch him, or to touch anything he has touched. It's definitely an unlikely friendship, and director Luthra doesn't soften the difficulties with a love-conquers-all approach.

The sad thing is that Lucky doesn't demand much or even expect much from relatives or from society. His wish is simple. He just wants to go to school.


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