Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope
Filmmaker Mark Bamford explores issues of race, class, and faith in contemporary South Africa against a witty backdrop in this comedy drama. Kate (Debbie Brown) runs an animal shelter that seems to attract as many human misfits and cast-offs as dogs and cats; still dealing with the emotional fallout of being abandoned by her father as a girl, Kate welcomes both two- and four-legged friends into her shelter, but isn't quite so open with her heart, and is looking for true love after a series of busted marriages. Jean-Claude (Eriq Ebouaney) is a scientist exiled from West Africa who works at… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brown's spunky, funny Kate helps hold the piece together."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A post-apartheid film in which the characters are less concerned with politics than with matters of the heart."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A socially-relevant and meaningful film from South Africa which supplies plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about humanity's prospects."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"... there's a temptation to call Cape a South African Crash, but it lacks both complexity and compromised characters."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"With its warm heart and charming characters, Good Hope is a good choice."
‑ , E! Online
"There's so much Altmanesque activity in the film that even if some storylines temporarily don't work, others keep making up for them."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The stories are interlinked effectively, and the film strikes an upbeat note yet does not address racism and discrimination. For all its affection toward its characters, however, the film is too long and too slack."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Mostly manages to feel authentic and uplifting, putting a human face on a complex colonial culture."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Around the margins of the story are characters whose behavior is unique."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A South African movie that departs from the political strife of Apartheid - there are still issues of race and class, but they're approached in a more roundabout, accessible way that isn't so in your face."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"No matter how heavy-handed the sentimentality gets, the film's intentions seem sincere."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Cape of Good Hope is a film about people we want so very much to love, people who keep us watching - and keep us smiling."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Despite its shortcomings, Cape of Good Hope is a hopeful piece of humanism that is difficult to begrudge too much."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
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