The Wound (Inxeba)

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The Wound uses its complex, timely story as effective grist for a thought-provoking exploration of the human dynamic.



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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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  • A stunning debut from South African filmmaker John Trengove,

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Coming of age" is usually a syrupy Hollywood genre, and it's bracing to find it given such an unsentimental expression - and to see that it applies not only to adolescents, but to adults, too.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a gripping movie on its own dramatic terms: enigmatic, visually striking, culturally sympathetic and pungently fresh.

    Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 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.

    Aug 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.

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

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