An unfinished film about a woman in a remote village, who dies only to rise from her coffin during the funeral. The woman is heralded as a saint, although it turns out she has a rare disorder that slows the heart-rate.
The adaptation of the novel was written by author J.M. Coetzee himself. It's his first produced script. He also wrote an adaptation of his novel 'In the Heart of the Country' which he published in 2014 and remains unproduced. See more »
Colonialism then and now
Set in the 19th century in an unnamed Asian frontier post, this story describes how imperialism and colonialism disrupts the lives of ordinary people.
Mark Rylance is the magistrate of a peaceful settlement where the biggest crime is a pig invading a neighbour's garden brilliantly acting an excellent script based in a prize winning novel,.
Johnny Depp is the sinister policeman from the capital who suspects a rebellion and uses torture to get "confessions"
A young nomadic girl who is a victim is befriended by the magistrate.
The story is well told and the scenery spectacular- deserts and mountains.
What is very well done by this film set in the past is that the methods of the policeman, the attitude of the empire , and the whole issue or race and occupation are as relevant today , and this is an allegory of what is happening in the Middle East, the Congo and elsewhere at this very moment.
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