In My Country
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Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during the Apartheid era are invited to come forward and confront their victims. Telling the unvarnished truth and expressing contrition may grant them granted amnesty. Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Langston is deeply skeptical. He tracks down Col. De Jager, the most notorious torturer in the SA Police and tries to penetrate the mind of… More
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"It shows what can go wrong when a good-intentioned filmmaker mixes historical tragedy with Hollywood banality."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Black, white and clunky."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"In spite of narrative missteps that negate the possibility of an empathetic protagonist, "In My Country" does viably introduce the African principle of "Ubuntu" whereby evil transgressions are absolved rather than revenged."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Intelligent piece that does its job as entertainment. More importantly, it should advance public knowledge about the apartheid government's human rights violations."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"I do not question the filmmaker's sincerity, but he has made a flat, uninvolving movie. The road to boredom is paved with good intentions, after all."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Ostensibly about the aftermath of apartheid, but the pain of a people serves only as a backdrop for the most contrived of love stories."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Need[s] to be seen, as essential history and as demonstration of a form of social reckoning where compassion triumphs over passion, and the olive branch over the gun."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A familiar, superficial lesson."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Watching [apartheid victims'] testimony become background noise for Jackson and Binoche's tawdry melodrama is aggravating."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"...the foxhole relationship that develops between Anna and Langston is completely natural -- up until the point where they fall into bed together."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Is it a docudrama about South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings? Or is it love story? The problem with In My Country is that it tries to be both."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Failing to get beyond trite Hollywood romantic conventions, sermonizing caricatures and 'I was just following orders' explanations does a great disservice to history."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Points for trying and all, but this particular chapter of South Africa's history deserves a movie a bit more sincere -- and a lot less corny."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"Its star, Juliette Binoche, may be a fine actress, but she's also very French. And no matter how hard she tries to perfect the tricky Afrikaans accent, she's simply not believable playing a South African poet."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The gripping material is given short thrift in favor of routine melodrama and a love story that has nearly nothing to do with what should be the crux of the story."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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