Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu,
Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.
João Pedro Rodrigues
João Pedro Rodrigues,
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.
Living in South Africa, where this film was shot and after release in local cinemas, banned on demand from a certain section of the public, then rerated to xx18 on appeal, still meant it couldn't be shown in general cinemas. After the matter was taken to court it was rated x18 and approved for viewing in cinemas again.
This obviously created a lot of publicity and because the movie dealt with initiation and circumcision, a custom among the indigenous population in secret camps, little was known about this practice. I went to see it for this reason.
What a disappointment! A poor production, bad acting with nothing of substance. No wonder this movie got nowhere at overseas film festivals where it was first shown. Perhaps it was meant to be an art film, but that theme failed as well.
Go and see it at your own peril and decide for yourself.
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