At an isolated frontier outpost, a colonial magistrate suffers a crisis of conscience when an army colonel arrives looking to interrogate the locals about an impending uprising, using cruel tactics that horrify the magistrate.

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Ciro Guerra

Writers:

J.M. Coetzee (based on the novel by), J.M. Coetzee (screenplay by)
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Mark Rylance ... Magistrate
Johnny Depp ... Colonel Joll
Robert Pattinson ... Officer Mandel
Gana Bayarsaikhan ... The Girl
Greta Scacchi ... Mai
David Dencik ... Clerk
Sam Reid ... Lieutenant
Harry Melling ... Garrison Soldier 4
Bill Milner ... Garrison Soldier 5
Gursed Dalkhsuren Gursed Dalkhsuren ... Old Man
Tserendagva Purevdorj Tserendagva Purevdorj ... Old Barbarian
Isabella Nefar ... Star
David Moorst ... Garrison Soldier 6
Joseph Long ... Baker
Nayef Rashed ... Farmer 1
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At an isolated frontier outpost, a colonial magistrate of an unnamed empire suffers a crisis of conscience when an army colonel arrives looking to interrogate the locals about an impending uprising, using cruel tactics that horrify the magistrate.

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Joe Alwyn was originally cast as The Lieutenant but dropped out. See more »

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Music by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders (ASCAP)
(p) 2019 Pianella Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Marco Beltrami & Pianella Music, Inc.
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decent
7 September 2020 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

I expected the film with...fear. Because each adaptation of a great novel remains a try . Because the characters and the atmosphere are more posessions of reader than work of the writer . But the film is decent . Grace to cinematography , reasonable solutions for inner monologue of Magister and, no doubts, for the admirable work of Mark Rylance and Greta Scacchi. And, sure, for not bad Colonel Joll proposed by Johnny Depp. Moments of novel are fresh, the intro is just beautiful and it works, maybe better than as adaptation, like a colonial story. And the barbarians as Mongols remains an inspired solution. In my case, only two surprises - the absence of generous belly of Magister and his so large office. But , obvious, it is a reasonable adaptation. So, just decent.


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7 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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Waiting for the Barbarians See more »

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Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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