A Far Off Place


A Far Off Place (1993)



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The directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Mikael Salomon (The Abyss), A Far Off Place is based on a pair of books by novelist Laurens Van der Post. Reese Witherspoon stars as Nonnie Parker, a young girl living on an African game preserve with her parents. Ethan Embry is Harry Winslow, the snooty son of a visiting dignitary. When Nonnie and Harry witness the murder of their parents at the hands of ruthless poachers, they suddenly find themselves braving the harsh Kalahari Desert in an attempt to escape the gang. Along the way, the pair encounters a bushman called Xhabbo (Sarel Bok) who shows them how to survive in the barren desert. Forced to work together to survive, Nonnie and Harry learn to overcome their differences and become friends.


Critic Reviews for A Far Off Place

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Salomon has clearly learned much from working with directors such as James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

African survival tale not for sensitive animal lovers.

Feb 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A gripping adventure for the family

Mar 31, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Celebrates the wisdom of indigneous peoples and the fine spiritual friendships they offer to us if we open up to a different way of being.

Jul 18, 2003 | Full Review…

The plotting and especially the violence are rather appalling for a film aimed at so youthful an audience.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Far Off Place


Much more enjoyable when I was a kid, doesn't stand up to adult viewing.

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