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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
HONORABLE MENTION Toronto Film Fest
Best Film (Jury Prize) Best Feature (Audience Award) Austin Film Fest
"A genuine uplift of a film that even the most diehard cynics will find hard to resist." -New York Times
"Cape of Good Hope is a heartwarming, cleansing film that's simply good for the soul." -Film Threat
"The intertwining of separate story strands is solidly structured, and the different mini-narratives resolved in unsurprising yet satisfying ways." -Variety
"Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit" -LA Weekly
"Wonderful! Nthati Mohesh is riveting...among the best at Toronto this year. Cape of Good Hope [among other new South African films] express a new freedom for South African cinema, where every single film no longer has to carry the burden of representing the entire nation to the world." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Such a warm, likable, well-written and well-acted picture that it quickly wins you over" -Chicago Tribune
"Sometimes a movie wins you over with its generosity of spirit. Cape is that kind of movie" -Time Out Chicago
Where most films about South Africa that make it stateside are epics filled with good guys and bad guys, Cape of Good Hope is that rare exception -- a clear and simple portrait of imperfect everyday people and how their lives become intertwined despite their cultural differences. Kate, the white owner of the Good Hope animal shelter, clearly relates better to the dogs than people. Jean Claude has a Ph.D. in astronomy but has fled strife in the Congo and now works at the shelter as a groundskeeper and caretaker. Sharifa is a Muslim receptionist desperate to have children with her faux-patriarchal pushover of a husband. When the young boy Thabo impresses Kate with his dog training skills, she invites him to help and it isn't long before Jean Claude takes Thabo under his wing. Soon, he meets Thabo's mother and falls for her, but there are more than a few obstacles in the way of her reciprocating. Bamford interweaves these stories into a narrative that allows each character to reveal (through universally strong performances) the subtle ways that each must deal with racism in his or her own way. Cape of Good Hope illuminates the dichotomy that exists in modern-day South Africa, where those, both black and white, yearning to look ahead must coexist with those who remain grounded in the mores and prejudices of the past. (Tribeca Film Festival)
Directed by Mark Bamford, South Africa, 2004, 35mm, 107 mins. In Afrikaans, English and Xhosa with English subtitles.