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½ November 24, 2014
Una pelicula tan conmovedora que resulta inolvidable, la abnegación de la mujer africana representando la problematica de su pais, sin duda un retrato cruel pero bien realizado hacerca del problema del sida en Africa, es curioso que la trama resultara tan buena que hasta cierto canal de television se la fusilara para uno de sus programas de television, si bien asi el mensaje de la pelicula se difundio mas esto no disculpa el echo de robarse la idea de una pelicula tan buena para volverlo un capitulo telenovelero.
½ October 12, 2013
Thank you the Nelson Mandala Foundation for bringing this wonderful story alive. This is a very sensitive story about love, survival and friendship. Leleti Khumalo plays Yesterday who is courageous and a loving mother who catches AIDS from her husband. Sadly for mother and daughter he returns to die and Yesterday soldiers on looking after him while she was becoming more ill herself. She finally sees her young daughter go to school for the first time as she was determined that Beauty would have an education unlike herself. Thought provoking and well acted movie depicts the terrible living conditions. Throughout parts of Africia HIV/AIDS is still transmitted and today it is still a major health concern 91% of the World's HIV positive children live there. One million adults and children die from HIV/AIDS per year in Africa alone, this is incredibly sad !!
Super Reviewer
½ April 16, 2013
Set in the Zulu culture of Sub-Saharan South Africa, this film takes an unprecedented look at a mother-daughter relationship, the political and medical problems of the region, and the heartwarming compassion of a lone friend in a den of wolves. The film follows a mother named Yesterday, named so because her father liked living in the past. She gets sick and continually tries to make it to the overrun clinic to get checked out, every week, but without fail she always misses out thanks to a two hour trek down the dusty roads while towing her small daughter. Yesterday is a thoughtful, beautiful woman who seems to have compassion for everyone she meets and is always smiling though her situation seems dire. She makes a friend in the village who becomes the local teacher, and eventually they become friends. Yesterday's personality is what is queer and yet enticing about her. She is always so nice to every person she meets, and yet at the first sniff of disease or disorder they all become superstitious and shun her. The first part of the film deals with her troublesome life, the sadness she exhibits thanks to her small child, and telling her husband, who works in the mines of Johannesburg, of their fate. She cares for her husband, and though sickly and unable to take the cocktail of drugs that would surely save her here in the first world, she deteriorates and yet perseveres for her daughter's sake. It really is a labor of love that is shown onscreen, a story about a woman who has absolutely nothing and yet everything to lose. It does dip into melodrama, especially in the second half of the film, and certainly near the ending where she is making her amends, saying her goodbyes and making sure her daughter starts going to school. The relationship between her and her husband is especially interesting, bonding them in illness but separated by distance, time, and abuse. It's a very impactful and thoughtful film that also deals with the crisis in Africa and shows the true living conditions of an entire country. This film received accolades from foreign awards, and though it does range in its sentimentality, it does focus itself on what is important and imperatively true.
October 8, 2012
There is no holding back. Tears will roll.
½ September 19, 2012
great film. very touching.
March 14, 2012
Sounds like a wonderful drama I must check out.
½ December 29, 2011
Simple and beautiful.
July 10, 2011
A South African movie. This movie is very touching and inspiring. It shows what one mother, whose name was Yesterday had to endure while she and her husband battled AIDS while raising their daughter Beauty. A very engaging movie.
½ May 25, 2011
A sensitive, intelligent and economical script gathers dramatic momentum and builds tension.
½ March 21, 2011
An educational movie about a young mother living in South Africa with her daughter and husband who works afar and is only home a few times during the year. Main character Tuesday (is her name) struggles with the discovery that she is HIV positive, poor, and must find a way to guarantee some sort of future for young daughter who faces losing both of her parents to AIDS. Not a lite-film, so if you are in a fragile mood don't watch, but it is something people should watch to raise awareness that AIDS hasn't gone anywhere.
February 17, 2011
Slow moving but thoughtful film surely meant to educate a South African population about HIV. Mother named Yesterday has been feeling ill. She walks several miles to a clinic where there is a massive line. To come so far and not see a doctor is a wasted day - and tough for a woman of rural South Africa where life is hard. While out, Yesterday befriends an intelligent school-teacher in need of a job who comes to her small community without any teachers. Yesterday does soon get to see the doctor and the news is grim. She vows to live to see her daughter go to school. She must also track down her absentee husband working in the mines near Johannesburg. A thoughtful, educational film, still subtle in tone, but manages to get its message across. The film uses names as meanings and symbols very well. And the film's imagery is beautifully composed.
September 25, 2010
Have the copy... Not ready to watch yet, I've got to be ready with its emotional impact :)
September 10, 2010
Moving and powerful film about a South African woman's brave struggle with AIDS.
½ August 23, 2010
Honest and very real South African movie with a very serious plot. It's simple, but it is still powerful and well made. The problem with the film is that it's flat, untense and "boring". It's not supposed to be entertaining, but it's too straight forward and it need some even sadder scenes to reach all the way up there.
½ August 12, 2010
Great real-life story about HIV impact in the daily life of a family, very realistic and captivating.
August 10, 2010
A Noble, hearbreaking movie...it's a must watch...
½ June 18, 2010
an African film about a mother who got AIDS and trying her best to fight the disease till the day her daughter went to school!
June 18, 2010
Probably one of the most moving films I've seen in a while. Really well done.
March 19, 2010
Best South African film I have seen. It is about a South African woman who lives in a rural, traditional culture. She has a husband that lives and works in the big city and that doesn't send very much money. She also has a daughter that she dreams will go to school and become successful having a life better than that of her mother. Yesterday then begins to get sick. The rest of the movie is about how she copes with her illness and the challenges she faces. Very honest portrayal of how HIV/AIDS works in rural South Africa.
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