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Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

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John Trengove

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nakhane Touré ... Xolani
Bongile Mantsai Bongile Mantsai ... Vija
Niza Jay Niza Jay ... Kwanda (as Niza Jay Ncoyini)
Thobani Mseleni Thobani Mseleni ... Babalo
Gabriel Mini Gabriel Mini ... Khwalo
Zwelakhe Mtsaka Zwelakhe Mtsaka ... Elder 1
Menzeleli Majola Menzeleli Majola ... Elder 2
Gamelihle Bovana Gamelihle Bovana ... Sicelo (as Gamelihle 'Game' Bovana)
Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu ... Lukas
Inga Qwede Inga Qwede ... Ncedo
Sibabalwe Ngqayana Sibabalwe Ngqayana ... Zuko
Siphosethu Ngcetane Siphosethu Ngcetane ... Nkosi
Luyanda L. Vonqo Luyanda L. Vonqo ... Dompas
Thando Mhlontlo Thando Mhlontlo ... Ninja
Anga Ntsepe Anga Ntsepe ... Lesego
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Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

Xhosa | Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

19 April 2017 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Africa

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$30,678, 9 November 2017
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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South Africa's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Out of the 92 films, it was shortlisted as one of the 9 finalists. See more »

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Many important issues in one story
22 August 2018 | by Evil_HerbivoreSee all my reviews

At the first glance The Wound looks like a movie about the Xhosa tradition concerning initiating boys into manhood: they go into the mountains to experience genital cutting. And while it is and interesting look into this custom which I knew very little about and which I found both fascinating and deeply disturbing. it is also much more.

The movie touches on a number of important issues. We see a taboo homosexual relationship in a deeply homophobic environment and the way that gay people deal with living in such a culture. We see the conflict between the old ways represented by people insisting on carrying on the traditional initiation and the new ways of city life and assimilation into white culture. We see a story about growing up and becoming a man, even if the notion of manhood isn't understood in a traditional way.

The story is carried mostly visually as there isn't a lot of dialogue in the movie. In my opinion, this fits the story perfectly, as men traditionally aren't meant to talk about their feelings. It also means that the actors must convey the character's emotions through facial expressions and gestures, and they do a really good job, creating completely believable character.

All in all, I would say that The Wound is a solid piece of filmmaking, touching important contemporary problems. It may be too slow for some, but for me the pacing and the limited amount of dialogue are perfect of such a story.


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