Boesman & Lena
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Angela Bassett and Danny Glover star in this gripping film adaptation of Athol Fugard's renowned play. Though written during the apex of apartheid and first staged in 1970, director John Berry downplays the work's historical background and strips the play of its poetic symbolism, lending the film a raw, universal quality. The film opens with stock footage of shantytowns being flattened by bulldozers followed by the two titular characters carrying what they can on their backs and heads. Recalling the tortured human bonds seen in such productions as Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"John Berry's last film, before he passed away, contains moving performances from Angela Bassett and Danny Glover."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Never completely escapes its theatrical origins, but as the film progresses, it becomes increasingly powerful."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Angela Bassett is striking, but the film never attempts to be anything more than a filmed play."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"This story, although set in South Africa, could be told of millions of other couples all over the world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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