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[[Performer~P4466~Angela Bassett~angelabassett]] and [[Performer~P27278~Danny Glover~dannyglover]] star in this gripping film adaptation of [[Performer~P25251~Athol Fugard~atholfugard]]'s renowned play. Though written during the apex of apartheid and first staged in 1970, director [[Performer~P81672~John Berry~johnberry]] downplays the work's historical background and strips the play of its poetic symbolism, lending the film a raw, universal quality. The film opens with stock footage of shantytowns being flattened by bulldozers followed by the two titular characters carrying what they can on their backs and heads. Recalling the tortured human bonds seen in such productions as Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? and Waiting for Godot, Boesman ([[Performer~P27278~Glover~dannyglover]]) and Lena ([[Performer~P4466~Bassett~angelabassett]]) are a couple united by pain and grief. Stopping at some god-forsaken roadside wasteland for the night, Lena spends much of the first half of the film heaping verbal abuse on her husband, while Boesman doggedly tries to jerry-rig some shelter to protect against the cold of the night. This dynamic changes went an elderly African tribesman shows up. Boesman scorns the old man, while Lena invites him to sit at their campfire. This film, which was screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, was the last film that noted director [[Performer~P81672~John Berry~johnberry]] made before his death on November 29, 1999. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 2000

Crew

John Berry
Director
Pierre Rissient
Producer
John Berry
Screenwriter
Athol Fugard
Play Author
Alain Choquart
Cinematographer
Jeanne Moutard
Editor
Claudine Bouché
Editor
Wally Badarou
Editor
Max Berto
Production Designer
Jeremy Nathan
Co-producer
John Stodel
Co-producer
Wren T. Brown
Associate Producer
Dianna Cilliers
Costume Designer
Brigitte Taillandier
Sound/Sound Designer
Leo Davis
Casting
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