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…
  • A flawless exploration of male identity [...] featuring some standout performances.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • "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…
  • Touré shines as the repressed Xolani in a film that refuses to deal with the purely superficial.

    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…

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