Cape of Good Hope (2005)



Critic Consensus: This little South African film takes a different approach -- putting politics in the background and ordinary people front and center. Overall, it's a heartwarming effort.

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Filmmaker Mark Bamford explores issues of race, class, and faith in contemporary South Africa against a witty backdrop in this comedy drama. Kate (Debbie Brown) runs an animal shelter that seems to attract as many human misfits and cast-offs as dogs and cats; still dealing with the emotional fallout of being abandoned by her father as a girl, Kate welcomes both two- and four-legged friends into her shelter, but isn't quite so open with her heart, and is looking for true love after a series of busted marriages. Jean-Claude (Eriq Ebouaney) is a scientist exiled from West Africa who works at the shelter to make ends meet; while his political and economic fortunes have hit the bricks, his spirit has not, and he has a knack for charming kids, women, and vicious dogs. Lindiwe (Nthati Moshesh) is a single mother attempting to support her son and finish her education after the death of her husband, both against steep odds. Dr. Morne (Morne Visser) is a veterinarian who has also lost his spouse, and seems to carry a torch for Kate. And Habib (David Isaacs) and Sharifa (Quanita Adams) are a couple whose marriage of eight years is on the verge of collapse due to her inability to conceive, testing both their patience and their faith. Cape of Good Hope received its North American premiere at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for mature situations including some violence, sexual content and brief strong language)
Comedy , Drama
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Eriq Ebouaney
as Jean Claude
Nthati Moshesh
as Lindiwe
Quanita Adams
as Sharifa
Kamo Masilo
as Thabo
Nick Boraine
as Stephen van Heern
Yule Masiteng
as Rev. Poswa
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Critic Reviews for Cape of Good Hope

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

Brown's spunky, funny Kate helps hold the piece together.

January 20, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There's so much Altmanesque activity in the film that even if some storylines temporarily don't work, others keep making up for them.

January 13, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

No matter how heavy-handed the sentimentality gets, the film's intentions seem sincere.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A post-apartheid film in which the characters are less concerned with politics than with matters of the heart.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The stories are interlinked effectively, and the film strikes an upbeat note yet does not address racism and discrimination. For all its affection toward its characters, however, the film is too long and too slack.

December 16, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Cape of Good Hope


A light-hearted look at life and love in south africa with class, national and racial divides. The astronomer's fun and the animals adorable -- all in all, a good family drama that ends well. I just wanted to strangle the leading lady a few times throughout the show though.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

It lacks both complexity and compromised characters. While the cultural backdrop is intriguing, the story is frustratingly conventional and familiar.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Pleasant little South African film, sweet and simple with well drawn characters and an interesting story. Believably acted. A genuine little gem.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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