Tsotsi (Thug) (2006)
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as Sergeant Zuma
as Pumla Dube
as Young Tsotsi
as Tsotsi's Father
as Capt. Smit
as John Dube
as Gumboot Dlamini
as Tsotsi's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Tsotsi (Thug)
It is a first peek at a South Africa that doesn't need a Hollywood studio or Hollywood stars to present itself to the world, or to come to grips with itself at home.
It's a redemption song that could be stripped down into a Hallmark-esque distillation of "City of God." Instead, it retains a minor key, with bullets, blood and beatings illustrating a descent into dangerous living while a baby's presence suggests hope.
Gavin Hood's Oscar-nominated tale about a young South African gangster who gets an unexpected chance at redemption is literally a world apart from anything produced by Hollywood.
...an emotionally honest tale of redemption that does not ignore the fact that we live in a world of cause and consequence.
Audience Reviews for Tsotsi (Thug)
Amazing, intense perfomance in the lead role - reminded me of Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come - the setting was fascinating, the direction solid and dynamic, killer tunes... but... i think Charlie Chaplin actually passed on this script back in 1918 - citing the "transparent, hack sentimentalism".
A hard-hearted street thug accidentally kidnaps a baby and must care for him.
A basic morality tale, Tsotsi hits all the right notes in a maudlin song. The healing power of love, the innocence of childhood, the permanence/importance of parental love -- all the usual themes are stuffed in this film. Added to this is the simplistic explanation for Tsotsi's behavior, his abandonment by he parents. Overall, it's all a cliche, but it's a well done cliche.
This essentially simple story becomes a genuinely astounding film: bolstered by raw and engaging performances, thoughtfully directed and filmed. Utterly captivating.
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