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Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017)

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Apartheid South Africa: The community of Railway, attached to the remote town of Marseilles, are the victims of brutal police oppression and only the young "Five Fingers" are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a conflict that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers changed. Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, now a feared and brutal outlaw, "The Lion of Marseilles." But scarred and empty, he renounces violence and returns home desiring only to reconnect with those he left behind. At first, Tau finds Marseilles seemingly at peace - the battle for freedom was won, and now the remaining Five Fingers are prominent leaders of their town. However, after reuniting with childhood love, Lerato, and her fiery son, Sizwe, it becomes clear that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat and to Tau's dismay, his childhood friends themselves may have allowed it in. When he and his loved ones become direct targets, he is reluctantly compelled to fight once and for all. Calling on partners-in-crime, both old friends and new, the Five Fingers rise again. Standing against once-allies and new enemies alike, they must put their lives at risk for the sake of Marseilles. It's their duty to protect it. Even from each other.

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Critic Reviews for Five Fingers for Marseilles

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Director Michael Matthews and scripter Sean Drummond skillfully employ recycled genre elements to enhance the mythic qualities of their slow-burn narrative.

October 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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Fiver Fingers for Marseillesis a distinctly South African syntax of how the western genre can be reinvigorated in a new form

November 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Seven years in development, filmed over 5 weeks in grueling conditions with a talented, committed cast, unfolding over a near-sprawling 2-hour running time, Five Fingers is a necessary addition to the Western film canon as we know it.

September 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Screenwriter Sean Drummond takes his time setting everything up - seriously, that opening prologue could have been half as long - but once all the pieces are in place, the film goes hard and doesn't let up. Nicely done.

September 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Drama is born from family stubbornness and regret, lost friendships ravaged by the horrors time introduced, and of course redemption.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If you are someone that is interested in high action dramas with steady pacing, gorgeous photography, consistent themes, and breakthrough performances then this is one film you do not want to miss.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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