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The Wound (Inxeba) (2017)

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Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

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If you're going to make a movie about the complicated ties between sexuality and masculinity, it helps to set it against the backdrop of a culture that still equates male excellence with procreation and providing.

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

John Trengrove's deeply probing debut feature is less interested in moral judgments than in the dynamic between strength and weakness.

August 16, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A dark and stirring variation on the standard coming-of-age narrative that, much like its central characters, does not follow the path one might expect.

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is a movie that offers a glimpse into a seldom-seen world, and it is also a character study that looks deeply into the behavior of three very different men who might have loved each other under different circumstances.

August 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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Mr. Trengove shoots the film in intimate wide-screen, getting in close to the performers as their characters tamp down explosive feelings, often letting the spectacular landscapes behind them break down into soft-focus abstractions.

August 15, 2017 | Full Review…

[Touré's] superb, deeply internalized performance manages to suggest wellsprings of longing concealed by a scrim of perpetual wariness.

August 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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