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Shepherds and Butchers (2016)

Shepherds and Butchers (2016)




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Andrea Riseborough
as Kathleen Marais
Steve Coogan
as Johan Webber
Garion Dowds
as Leon Labuschagne
Deon Lotz
as Warrant Officer Rautenbach
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Pierre De Villiers

Critic Reviews for Shepherds and Butchers

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The performances are solid, including Coogan and especially Garion Dowds as the laconic and mournful defendant. Director Oliver Schmitz gives the film a measured pace, stoking tension as the courtroom drama unfolds.

February 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film mostly preaches to the converted, even if it reveals with historical gravity how capital punishment was another way that apartheid severely discriminated against South Africa's black population.

February 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Oliver Schmitz, one of South Africa's essential directors, delivers a mix of emotional acuity and overkill with this death penalty drama.

February 14, 2016 | Full Review…
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Oliver Schmitz's film... does not clarify what he wants to be. [Full review in Spanish]

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

There's a powerful movie to be made about the range of lives destroyed by the apartheid system -- both Black and white -- but Shepherds And Butchers isn't it.

February 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Watching Shepherds and Butchers is a harrowing experience that would sway you if you don't already have any firm opinion about capital punishment.

October 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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