Thursday, January 05, 2006

Nowhere in Africa

What a marvellous find. Nowhere in Africa is a film that stays with the viewer long after it has ended. Rich with myriad subtexts, it's main theme is the story of an upper middle class Jewish family who flee the gathering storm of Hitler's agenda. They make a new home in Kenya. Unsurprisingly, the geographical relocation results in other major shifts, both personal and relational. Based on a true story, by Stefanie Zweig, Nowhere in Africa is marked by superb performances and sensitive direction. It is a film that honestly explores the complexities of human nature and does so with an exquisite and rare delicacy.

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