Reviews

  • Feb 13, 2021

    Though this film can classify as a Holocaust film, portraying pain as a result of the Nazi regime much like the others, it is radically different since it instead captures what is felt by those who were separated from the tragedy back home, and how their upheaval affected their sense of belonging in Germany. The readjustment is very difficult for every member of the family, since the Kenyan culture not only shifted their customs but also their values. A great exploration into culture shock and universal human emotions.

    Though this film can classify as a Holocaust film, portraying pain as a result of the Nazi regime much like the others, it is radically different since it instead captures what is felt by those who were separated from the tragedy back home, and how their upheaval affected their sense of belonging in Germany. The readjustment is very difficult for every member of the family, since the Kenyan culture not only shifted their customs but also their values. A great exploration into culture shock and universal human emotions.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Nowhere in Africa is uneven in quality and long, but this is actually a surprisingly strong historical drama which gives us a different kind of WWII story that was quite interesting while also dealing with the central tumultuous marriage really potently. The dialogue and emotional investment are the highlights along with the acting and the characterization of the main duo.

    Nowhere in Africa is uneven in quality and long, but this is actually a surprisingly strong historical drama which gives us a different kind of WWII story that was quite interesting while also dealing with the central tumultuous marriage really potently. The dialogue and emotional investment are the highlights along with the acting and the characterization of the main duo.

  • Oct 15, 2017

    Rather than survival from the Holocaust or experiencing the exotic life in Kenya, Nowhere in Africa is a humanistic tale on pluralism.

    Rather than survival from the Holocaust or experiencing the exotic life in Kenya, Nowhere in Africa is a humanistic tale on pluralism.

  • Oct 01, 2014

    This one is based on a diary from the daughter in a real-life version of such a story. The mother is not so selfish early on in the real life story. The drama among the family members is as important as the challenge of adapting to another culture. The main servant, Owuor, stands as the link between those two competing plots. The dialogue and acting are both very strong. Overall, it is a very compelling story.

    This one is based on a diary from the daughter in a real-life version of such a story. The mother is not so selfish early on in the real life story. The drama among the family members is as important as the challenge of adapting to another culture. The main servant, Owuor, stands as the link between those two competing plots. The dialogue and acting are both very strong. Overall, it is a very compelling story.

  • Mar 21, 2014

    Beautiful and touching! Loved it <3

    Beautiful and touching! Loved it <3

  • Feb 13, 2014

    A wonderful movie. The characters will be with you long after the end.

    A wonderful movie. The characters will be with you long after the end.

  • Dec 27, 2013

    Nowhere in Africa (R) 2002 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film (Germany) Shortly before World War II jumps into full swing, a Jewish family emigrates to Kenya to start up a farm and a hopeful new life. Considering where they are coming from and where they are heading to, the transition does prove difficult to each family member in its own way. But the father, the mother, and their young daughter each find a way to cope in their new home with the help of an honorary native godfather they meet along the way. . . The film does take an unorthodox look at survival during World War II, focusing more on the scenario of those who had to make due abandoning everything they knew and figuring it out in a place that might as well have been on another planet. . . Nowhere in Africa comes across as genuine by spinning something different with an all too familiar time-place-period used in story-telling, and painting it in front of a gorgeous African backdrop. The story will come across as a bit scattered and somewhat disheveled at times, but audiences will be attracted to the primary relationships being focused on in the mother versus the father and the daughter who is seemingly adopted by the kindly native godfather. Germany overall did a fine job putting this piece together, though the film doesn't hit the same levels of so many others that have packed such a punch in dealing with World War II and those who survived it. GRADE: B

    Nowhere in Africa (R) 2002 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film (Germany) Shortly before World War II jumps into full swing, a Jewish family emigrates to Kenya to start up a farm and a hopeful new life. Considering where they are coming from and where they are heading to, the transition does prove difficult to each family member in its own way. But the father, the mother, and their young daughter each find a way to cope in their new home with the help of an honorary native godfather they meet along the way. . . The film does take an unorthodox look at survival during World War II, focusing more on the scenario of those who had to make due abandoning everything they knew and figuring it out in a place that might as well have been on another planet. . . Nowhere in Africa comes across as genuine by spinning something different with an all too familiar time-place-period used in story-telling, and painting it in front of a gorgeous African backdrop. The story will come across as a bit scattered and somewhat disheveled at times, but audiences will be attracted to the primary relationships being focused on in the mother versus the father and the daughter who is seemingly adopted by the kindly native godfather. Germany overall did a fine job putting this piece together, though the film doesn't hit the same levels of so many others that have packed such a punch in dealing with World War II and those who survived it. GRADE: B

  • Aug 12, 2013

    A bit slow, but touching

    A bit slow, but touching

  • Mar 21, 2013

    Simple, innocent, beautiful.

    Simple, innocent, beautiful.

  • Mar 07, 2013

    Good story, great visuals and the actors were perfect for their roles. I had no idea that the British interned Germans living in Kenya before this. I'm not sure how I feel about the portrayal of Africans...

    Good story, great visuals and the actors were perfect for their roles. I had no idea that the British interned Germans living in Kenya before this. I'm not sure how I feel about the portrayal of Africans...