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Policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate the brutal murder of a young white woman, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug and somehow connected to the disappearance of black street children.

Director:

Jérôme Salle

Writers:

Caryl Ferey (book), Julien Rappeneau | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orlando Bloom ... Brian Epkeen
Forest Whitaker ... Ali Sokhela
Conrad Kemp ... Dan Fletcher
Inge Beckmann ... Ruby
Tinarie van Wyk Loots Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Claire Fletcher
Regardt van den Bergh ... De Beer
Randall Majiet Randall Majiet ... Cat
Patrick Lyster ... Dr. Joost Opperman
Joelle Kayembe ... Zina
Tanya van Graan ... Tara
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Kruger
Christian Bennett Christian Bennett ... Stan
Iman Isaacs Iman Isaacs ... Janet
Nomhle Nkonyeni Nomhle Nkonyeni ... Josephina (as Nomhle Nkoyeni)
Denise Newman ... Shebeen Queen
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Storyline

As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkatha, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many survivors, the psychological scars remain. Today, Ali is chief of the homicide branch of the South African police in Cape Town. One of his staff is Brian Epkeen, a free-wheeling white officer whose family was originally involved in the establishment of apartheid but who works well with Neuman. Together they have to deal with crime that inevitably exists in sprawling areas of un- and under- employed people, crime exacerbated by gangs, both local and from other parts of Africa. Their job gets even more difficult when the corpses of two young women are found. A new evil has been introduced in the city and a new drug has been introduced to its residents, including both murder victims. At the chaotic crossroads where brutality and modernization collide, the echoes of... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, language, sexuality/nudity and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

4 December 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cape Town Cops See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eskwad,Pathé,Lobster Tree See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Djimon Hounsou was originally set to star, but dropped out and was replaced by Forest Whitaker. See more »

Quotes

Brian Epkeen: Yebo Baba.
Ali Sokhela: You look like hell.
Brian Epkeen: I'm happy to see you too.
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Connections

References Snatch (2000) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Whitaker and Bloom shine......
26 August 2014 | by swf64See all my reviews

A well crafted and powerful drama that never compromises. There really isn't much more that needs to be said. This is the type of movie Hollywood rarely makes. A movie with well developed characters, telling a gripping story, that leads to a meaningful ending.

This is the type of product that comes from integrity, professionalism, and hard work. There's nothing particularly flashy or preachy. A strong compelling story that moves well and is believable. One that has characters you are invested in. Three homicide officers are tasked with investigating a drug murder. The officers are shown in detail as the investigation quickly evolves and then consumes them.

At it's strongest the movie does an amazing job of presenting a believable South Africa. One that is moral, realistic, and hopeful.


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