Life, Above All
Life, Above All (2011)

Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A well-meaning but ploddingly earnest after-school special...

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

There is less in-your-face grit in Cape Town-born director Oliver Schmitz's vision for this film than there is a careful pacing of somber revelations.

Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

A gripping African drama about a child who has to grow up too fast, who has to keep her family together and alive, and has come to terms with the AIDS stigma that her neighbors place on them.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Life, Above All" earns the tears it inspires. The film is about deep human emotions, evoked with sympathy and love.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In such a bleak story, the redemptive ending seems rushed and unconvincing, but director Oliver Schmitz has sent us a timely dispatch from a forgotten corner of the world that is honest above all.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Art with heart.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

Perseverance is the theme of "Life, Above All," a drama that is deeply affecting, if also overwhelmingly bleak.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a heartening story of resilience told without false uplift. It is hopeful without being mawkish, realistic but not oppressive.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...there's an undeniable fierceness and intelligence in Manyaka's lead performance. She's far from a polished actor, but there's real steel there.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
"Life, Above All" hit me harder emotionally than any movie I have ever seen. Shame withers the soul, born from an unawareness of why we are who we… More
Walter M.
As young as she is, Chanda(Khomotso Manyaka) is forced to be the adult of the house when her infant sister dies. Her mother(Lerato Mvelase) is obviously… More