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A vibrant hybrid that transplants a classic story to a rich new setting, U-Carmen breathes fresh life into its timeless tale while honoring its central themes.



Total Count: 20


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Against the backdrop of the hardship suffered by those living in a South African township, a sensuous, independent woman's love of freedom and courage endures even when faced with death. Carmen's passion clashes with Don José's impulsive obsession.


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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

  • [Director] Dornford-May deftly balances the details of his setting with the universality of his themes, exploring every dusty corner of a village thrumming with tension between patriarchal leaders and strong-willed women.

    Mar 30, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • No one can know whether Bizet would have approved of the movie musical U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha. But you suspect that he would have admired the filmmakers' gall.

    Mar 28, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • A vivacious film that is a treat for eyes and ears.

    Mar 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This was basically the best idea ever.

    Mar 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Performances and singing are both on the money, and the film's organic, realistic feel seems to have been bolstered by the translation contribution that thesps Malefane and Andiswa Kedama made to the screenplay.

    Jul 28, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The main attraction is the performance of Carmen by the magnificent Pauline Malefane, who also translated the libretto into Xhosa.

    Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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