Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This little South African film takes a different approach -- putting politics in the background and ordinary people front and center. Overall, it's a heartwarming effort.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Brown's spunky, funny Kate helps hold the piece together.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A post-apartheid film in which the characters are less concerned with politics than with matters of the heart.

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Kam Williams

A socially-relevant and meaningful film from South Africa which supplies plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about humanity's prospects.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

There's so much Altmanesque activity in the film that even if some storylines temporarily don't work, others keep making up for them.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Mostly manages to feel authentic and uplifting, putting a human face on a complex colonial culture.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

No matter how heavy-handed the sentimentality gets, the film's intentions seem sincere.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

Grounded in the easy rhythms of daily life, this charming little film shows unexpected grit.

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David Cornelius

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
William Goss
S. African dogs-and-owners romance is modest, but still cloying.