Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu,
Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
Harry Lister Smith
On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.
When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.
Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp... See full summary »
In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community 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.
While "The Wound" deals with very important subject matters, it does suffer a bit from being overlong and occasionally losing focus because of this.
One thing not mentioned in the film is that South Africa has the highest HIV infection rate in the world...with a lot of misinformation as well. I've spent about a month or more there and love the country...but know they have to face up to their HIV problem much more seriously. So, this makes the story MUCH more important and timely.
The story is set at an initiation camp where Xhosa boys are initiated into manhood. In addition to a circumcision (owch!), these teens go through many days of training and initiation. The story primarily focuses on Xolani, a man designated a 'caretaker' over a city boy brought to toughen him up and get him in touch with his roots. But Xolani hides a secret...he's not so much there because he loves helping with the ceremonies...he's there for Vija, another caretaker who he's in love with and keeps this a secret. This is because Vija is married to a woman and has kids...and he hides his homosexual relationship with Xolani. But the young man being initiated realizes that Xolani and Vija are in love and makes the mistake of talking to Xolani about this.
Much of the film is about masculinity and how some perceive that masculinity equates to being straight. There is no room in this initiation for homosexuality...and this is interesting. But, as I said above, the film often goes off in other directions and doesn't hone in often enough on this. Worth seeing but it isn't as strong a message as it could have been.
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