In My Country (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

In My Country (2005)



Critic Consensus: A well-intentioned but melodramatic look at post-Apartheid South Africa.

Movie Info

Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during the Apartheid era are invited to come forward and confront their victims. Telling the unvarnished truth and expressing contrition may grant them granted amnesty. Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Langston is deeply skeptical. He tracks down Col. De Jager, the most notorious torturer in the SA Police and tries to penetrate the mind of a monster, an experience that obliges him to confront his own demons. Anna Malan, is an Afrikaans poet who is covering the hearings for radio. As a white South African she is shattered by the accounts of the cruelty and depravity committed by her fellow countrymen. Anna and Langston must both question their sense of identity. Where do they each belong? How responsible are they for what is done in the name of their respective countries? The moving testimony of the victims affects them deeply. In different ways they are both estranged from their families, and their shared experience draws them ever closer to each other. It is a story charting the unfathomable depths of human cruelty and the redeeming power of forgiveness and love.more
Rating: R (for language, including descriptions of atrocities, and for a scene of violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Ann Peacock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2005
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Samuel L. Jackson
as Langston Whitfield
Juliette Binoche
as Anna Malan
Menzi Ngubane
as Dumi Mkhalipi
Sam Ngakane
as Anderson
Lionel Newton
as Edward Morgan
Owen Sejake
as Reverend Mzondo
Harriet Manamela
as Albertina Sobandla
Louis Van Niekirk
as Willem Malan
Jeremiah Ndlovu
as Old Man in Wheelbarr...
Fiona Ramsay
as Felicia Rheinhardt
Charley Boorman
as Adam Hartley
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Van Deventer
Dan Robbertse
as De Smidt
Lwando Nondzaba
as Peter Makeba
Paul Dirkson
as One Man Band
Yavor Radkov
as Taxi Driver
Trix Pienaar
as B&B Lady
Greg Latter
as Sgt. Dreyer
Sizwe Msutu
as Gilbert
Nick Boraine
as Jack Marlon
Connie Chiume
as Mrs. Tabata
Jim Paul Eilers
as Police General
Anthony Fridjohn
as Tony Brown
Bheki Vilakazi
as Perpetrator 1
Alyce Chavunduka
as Newsreader
Lee Duru
as Woman
Johan Marais
as De Jager's Security
Morgan O'Callaghan
as De Jager's Security
Frederrick Dannhause...
as De Jager's Security
Andrew Johnson
as Taxi Driver
Lilian Khumalo
as Commissioner
Genesis Canda
as Commissioner
Tony Finley
as Commissioner
Biah Mokgobu
as Commissioner
Anthony Karriem
as Commissioner
Milton Daka
as Commissioner
Hiportia Hlatana
as Commissioner
Jefferine October
as Commissioner
Noliyanda Pike
as Commissioner
Beverley Bownes
as Commissioner
Justice Khontyo
as 2nd Judge
Denzil Campbel
as 3rd Judge
Christina Ntsomi
as Woman Phone Booth - ...
Xhantyi Nqayi
as Herd Boy
Lulama Nombiba
as Langston's Father
Jean Abrahams
as Langston's Mother-in...
Cindi Sampson
as Deborah's Aunt
Natasha Kotze
as Inge (Voice)
Natalie Dippenaar
as Johan's Wife
Zoliswa Mabawa
as Malan Farmhouse Maid
John Coom
as Farmer's Father-in-L...
Noel Coom
as Farmer's Mother-in-L...
Shannen Mackay
as Farmer's Daughter
Xola Luse
as Perpetrator 2
Sacky Veto
as Old Man's Grandson
Mohogany Singiswa
as Old Man's Comforter
Moho Seabela
as Albertina's Friend
Zingisa Kobo
as Albertina's Friend
Landiwe Hans
as Albertina's Friend
John Zacharis
as Langston's Driver
Jamo Jahjah
as Soccer Ref
Brian Niewoudt
as Boere Orkes Band
Endrie Nel
as Boere Orkes Band
Nic DuToit
as Boere Orkes Band
Stompie Heyns
as Boere Orkes Band
Susanna Vermeulen
as Boere Orkes Band
Russell Johnson
as Schempers
Morris Uberstein
as Bottle Shop Owner
Lara Bye
as Alec's Wife
Marisa Sarfatti
as PR Person
Phumla Stamper
as Translator
Warona Seane
as Translator
John Langemann
as Afrikaner Next to An...
Nkuli Kgositsile
as Woman With Applicati...
Suzanne Bassett
as Anna Look-a-Like
Amber Stodel
as Lily's Daughter
Thami Ngubeni
as Deborah's Aunt
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Critic Reviews for In My Country

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (33)

It shows what can go wrong when a good-intentioned filmmaker mixes historical tragedy with Hollywood banality.

Full Review… | June 9, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ostensibly about the aftermath of apartheid, but the pain of a people serves only as a backdrop for the most contrived of love stories.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Is it a docudrama about South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings? Or is it love story? The problem with In My Country is that it tries to be both.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Black, white and clunky.

Full Review… | April 11, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Need[s] to be seen, as essential history and as demonstration of a form of social reckoning where compassion triumphs over passion, and the olive branch over the gun.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Failing to get beyond trite Hollywood romantic conventions, sermonizing caricatures and 'I was just following orders' explanations does a great disservice to history.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In My Country

This movie moved at a snails pace. Its a serious and sad subject, but the way it was presented made it seem secondary to the budding, uninteresting romance.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Jackson and Binoche put it on the line in John Boorman's In My Country. Boorman tries to invoke tears but isn't able to connect with the audience as much as the plot could have allowed. Dealing with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa In My Country has moments of brilliance but is never very strong in any faucet.

The film itself? Juliette Binoche's South African accent? Eh. The story and the recent history of South Africa? very interesting.

In My Country Quotes

Anderson: When this policeman hurts me, he hurts you. He hurts everyone in this world, but also himself. Nelson Mandela taught us this lesson.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Langston Whitfield: Is this the human condition, that men anywhere will willingly commit atrocities so long as the law allows?
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Anna Malan: When this is all over, we can't jump on a plane and go home, We have to live together.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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