In My Country 2005

Country of My Skull

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A well-intentioned but melodramatic look at post-Apartheid South Africa.

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An American reporter (Samuel L. Jackson) and an Afrikaans poet (Juliette Binoche) meet and fall in love while covering South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

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Samuel L. Jackson
Langston Whitfield
Lionel Newton
Edward Morgan
Harriet Manamela
Albertina Sobandla
Seamus Deasy
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Janet Meintjies
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Moonyeen Lee
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Critic Reviews for In My Country

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (63)

  • It shows what can go wrong when a good-intentioned filmmaker mixes historical tragedy with Hollywood banality.

    June 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Ostensibly about the aftermath of apartheid, but the pain of a people serves only as a backdrop for the most contrived of love stories.

    April 22, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Is it a docudrama about South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings? Or is it love story? The problem with In My Country is that it tries to be both.

    April 14, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Black, white and clunky.

    April 11, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Need[s] to be seen, as essential history and as demonstration of a form of social reckoning where compassion triumphs over passion, and the olive branch over the gun.

    April 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Failing to get beyond trite Hollywood romantic conventions, sermonizing caricatures and 'I was just following orders' explanations does a great disservice to history.

    April 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

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  • May 25, 2012
    This movie moved at a snails pace. Its a serious and sad subject, but the way it was presented made it seem secondary to the budding, uninteresting romance.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2009
    Heartfelt story about apartied and amnesty. There were parts of this that were so moving to watch. However as a whole the movie lacked strength for me. It faded a lot. There would be a moment of feeling or inspiration then it would fade again. Not horrible but not great either.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer

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