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Director August once had a knack for telling stories of adolescent bonds, and he makes good use of one childhood flashback and a scene in which Bafana and Mandela blend into one person. For a moment, he achieves a balance the rest of the film lacks.
Full marks to director Bille August for achieving the near-impossible: crafting a film about Nelson Mandela that threatens to send you to sleep and reduces the great man himself to mere background noise.
Opportunities to emotionally bond with happenings onscreen are far and few between.
The film is most interesting when showing the ignorance of the Afrikaners. The film falters when trying to address the complexities of the political issues.
Another well-meaning, dopily prosaic movie of the sort that often gets a mercy nomination thrown its way ... Does a severe disservice to a truly great history.
n engaging, inspirational and ultimately uplifting drama with superb performances from its two leads.
Sincere as it patently is, and perfectly competently made, Goodbye Bafana progresses through the last years of the apartheid regime at a snail's pace.
The script is lumpen and prosaic, the performances so-so, and the passage of the years deeply unconvincing.
Occasionally moving but mostly dry.
Goodbye Bafana should keep you locked in for most of its generous running time.
This is just painfully worthy TV-movie stuff.
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