In My Country

2004

Drama / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.1

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Reviewed by cosmiclightbeing 10/10

I thought this movie did very well in exploring many differentrelationships and story lines. Above all, this movie asked all of thehard questions and brought into light a lot of truth that a lot ofpeople don't like to look at.<br><br>The African sense of justice is about reconciliation, not revenge. Byusing the testimonials of several individuals, this movie was veryeducational. The healing that was allowed to happen within the processof reconciliation was very inspirational. Their sophisticated systemmade a lot of sense to me, and seems much more advanced than systemsemployed where i live in the US.<br><br>The relationship between Langston and Anna brought a political story toa personal level. It was beautiful to see Anna come to terms with herown sense of responsibility, being a white south African who had knownof the atrocities, but had done nothing to stop them. Langston forcedher to examine her position, but was also there to support her when shefelt crushed by the enormity. Their acting was very convincing andskillful. I especially loved the scene where Anna attacked Langston,but thought the actual sex scene could have been more believable.<br><br>One character I haven't seen anyone comment on is Anna'a assistant,Dumi. This character brought the story to yet another level. He was theclassic joker with hidden depths. His character communicated to theaudience that nothing is black or white; nothing is simple; really it'sall endlessly complex.<br><br>In fact, this story was anything but one-sided. It showed many masksthat individuals wear in specific situations. It communicated so muchabout humanity, both as individuals and as members of a larger society.I find it quite relevant to my experience as a white American who knowsmy government is responsible for the suffering of multitudes at thismoment in time, and I feel responsible and helpless at the same time.<br><br>A man who sat behind me in the theater kept telling his girlfriend hewanted to leave because it was unpleasant. Yes, it is unpleasant, ifyou're the type of person who doesn't like to look at reality. But whatI cam away with from the movie was a feeling of awe about humanity'scapacity for compassion.

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Reviewed by SingleSimonSays 3/10

Country of My Skull had its world premiere at the 2004 Berlin FilmFestival.<br><br>One of the most eagerly awaited films of the year, coming from veterandirector John Boorman, has turned out to be a major disappointment. Inretrospect it is not hard to see why, it should have been predicted, butthefascinating subject matter made it seem like Boorman was going to give usthat rare treat - a balanced political drama, with insight andintelligence.<br><br>The problems with Country of My Skull all originate with the screenplay.Itis loosely based on the novel of the same name by Antjie Krog. HoweverKrog's novel was a non-fiction account of South Africa's Truth andReconciliation Commission (TRC) set up in the aftermath of Apartheid. Thescreenplay by Ann Peacock is a mere fiction where a lacklustre romancetakesprecedence over the main events.<br><br>Samuel L Jackson stars as Langston Whitfield a New York Times journalistwhohas been sent to South Africa to write a feature on the TRC. Here he meetsAfrikaans poet and Journalist Anna Malan played by Juliette Binoche. Atfirst the pair clash over their very different attitudes but as the reallife accounts of torture and suffering inflicted during the Apartheidregimeare recounted their attitudes towards each other soften and they fall inlove even though both are married.<br><br>This is my biggest issue with the film. Peacock and Boorman for someutterlyunknown reason have seen fit to invent a romance between the protagonists.This fictional romance muddles the intent of the film and belittles theveryserious nature of a body such as the Truth and Reconciliation commission.Ialso have problems with the use of the American journalist. While he isobviously used in the screenplay as an outsider to explain the aim of theTRC to us, the uninitiated viewers, his reaction to what he is hearing ishard to credit.<br><br>Malan and Whitfield spend the first part of the film literally sparringoverevery aspect of the TRC. To him, any commission that doesn?t punish theperpetrators of such crimes is worthless, while for her reconciliation ismore important. She is horrified by what she hears about a country she ispassionate about. This should make for very interesting drama. However thedialogue between the pair is utterly ridiculous and often sounds more liketwo politically correct politicians than supposedly intelligentjournalists.It is idealistic, unnatural and even risible.<br><br>As part of his assignment Whitfield tracks down the Apartheid police chiefDe Jaeger played by Brendan Gleeson. Whitfield conducts a series ofinterviews with this man, which are meant to illustrate the pure evil oftheApartheid regime, however the character as written by Peacock and playedbyGleeson is more like an out and out Nazi baddie than a credibleperpetratorof such crimes. Boorman has spiced these interviews throughout the film.They are distracting and somewhat simplistic.<br><br>All too often the film takes pedestrian material and adorns it withsimplistic political motives. The use of a flat tyre and a local bar giveMalan and Whitfield a chance to spend time together and soften towardseachother as they embark on an affair which becomes the centre of the film. Itis hard to credit that this would happen. Why Boorman and Peacock havedonethis is beyond me. The type of audience that would see this movie surelydoes not need romance to actually enjoy a film.<br><br>The only place the film scores any kudos is in the courtrooms of the TRCwhere horrifying evidence is recounted to a nation. However as the otherparts of the film are so weak it is easy to be cynical about thesesequencesas they seem over manipulative and again badly written dialogue is a majorstumbling point. Their content is however undeniably powerful.<br><br>Jackson and Binoche, fine actors when given the correct material, strugglewith unforgiving roles. Both characters are under-written and remote.Jackson?s change of heart about events is hard to credit. Binochestruggleswith an Afrikaans accent (sometimes doing surprisingly well for someonewhois not a native English speaker). However her character is not welldefinedand is constantly laden down with the worst dialogue.<br><br>Certainly Boorman and Peacock?s intentions were genuine, but thescreenplayshould have focused entirely on the TRC, allowing the drama to emanatefromthat. Instead we are given a rather insipid love story that reduces theimpact considerably. In doing this Boorman has failed to use his excellentcast to anything like their full potential and has undermined the wholeproject. A lot more work on the screenplay and this had the makings of awonderful film.

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Reviewed by Jim Corveddu (PulpVideo) 8/10

I am not a big fan of romances, but in this case I gave it a trybecause of director John Boorman [&quot;Excalibur,&quot; &quot;The Emerald Forest,&quot;&quot;Hope &amp; Glory, &quot;Deliverance&quot;] and actors Samuel L. Jackson [&quot;CoachCarter,&quot; &quot;Star Wars: Episodes 2 &amp; 3,&quot; &quot;The Red Violin&quot;] and JulietteBinoche [&quot;Chocolat,&quot; &quot;The English Patient,&quot; and the 1992 remake of&quot;Wuthering Heights&quot;].<br><br>This film was in the better half of Boorman's, while Jackson andBinoche gave top-notch performances. The supporting role of Dumi,played by Menzi Ngubane was excellent, as he acted both as foil andantagonist between the couple.<br><br>I think the weakest elements of this film are in screenwriter AnnPeacock's dialogue and in the construction of the Anna Malan andbrother Boetie characters. The first for taking on just a little toomuch burden of responsibility, especially in one somewhatuncharacteristic scene at one of the hearings with a particularly gorytestimony, and the latter for being incomplete when a key developmentoccurs that should have played more into the storyline and into Anna'sreactions.<br><br>From what I've heard about the book by Antje Krog, I can understand whyanyone who had read it before seeing this movie might be disappointed,but it was certainly clear to me by the marketing that this was aromance and not a cinematic litany of the horrors of Apartheid.<br><br>Given the turbulent background of Apartheid and the South African Truth&amp; Reconciliation Commission proceedings, along with other clues, I wasalso expecting this to be an adversaries-fall-in-love story, which isthe type of romance that I like the most. The collective incidentswhich drive Anna and Langston together are neither contrived or turgid,and fall comfortably in between, especially because they are juxtaposedwith events based in reality. There is one most significant turn at oneof the hearings, which, given it is true, would bring any twoadversaries together, in peace if not in love.<br><br>I don't want to give away anything about the extent of their romance,except to say that how it ended up was a pleasant surprise and quitesatisfactory. I wish I could recommend two other good romances that endso similarly and satisfactorily, but I would give away the surprise.<br><br>This film is certainly worth a rental or two, worth showing to friends,but I suppose the disturbing nature of the background events might keepsome people from buying it for their home library, but if you bought acopy of &quot;American History X,&quot; I think you might want to buy this one.

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