Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika)
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Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika)
A family on the run for their lives finds themselves in a beautiful but utterly unfamiliar world in this drama based on the autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig. Walter Redlich (Merab Ninidze) is a successful Jewish lawyer living in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. Aware of the increasing dangers of remaining in Germany, Walter seeks exile on a farm in Kenya, while his socially prominent wife, Jettel (Juliane Koehler), and his young daughter, Regina (Lea Kurka), stay behind, as does his father, Max (Gerd Heinz), and Jettel's sister, Kaethe (Regine Zimmermann). In time, as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything in the film rings true, is deeply moving, richly photographed, and wonderfully acted."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Link creates a complex and fascinating portrait of a marriage under the enormous stress of geographical dislocation and historical trauma."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"plods through new terrain in Holocaust related subject matter with a shotgun mentality"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Una buena historia para decir un par de cosas sobre el desarraigo, los lazos familiares, y la chance de empezar una nueva vida siempre que sea necesario."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Caroline Link's Oscar winning film has sweeping theme music, stunning cinematography and a well-told story that offers a unique slice of history."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"The acting is excellent."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"One very fine film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Very moving, well-written, and better-acted, but bitterly realistic."
‑ Kam Williams, Global Rhythm Magazine
"A pretty but unsatisfying trifle, its graceful camerawork and fine acting unable to make an oddly flat story shine."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"An epic story that deeply explores the lives of Jewish expatriots during World War II."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The film has the glorious sweep of an epic."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"The pacing of Nowhere in Africa is a mite drowsy, but there are payoffs for the director's uninsistent touch."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Nowhere in Africa is long enough that each character is meticulously studied and developed while Link takes the time also to provide wonderfully patient, artistic moments"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"The acting is wonderful throughout, and director Carole Link has crafted a tale with the dramatic scope of a great epic. The English Patient comes to mind."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Writer-director Caroline Link adapted Stefanie Zweig's expatriate memoir gracefully, languidly and with full understanding of its heroine."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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