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Cape of Good Hope (PG-13)

Release Date: November 11th, 2005 (NYC-Angelika Film Center) by Artistic License Films.
The Cast: Debbie Brown, Eriq Ebouaney, Nthati Moshesh, Morne Viser, Quanita Adams, David Isaacs, Kamo Masilo, Nick Boraine, Lillia Dube, Yule Masiteng, Clare Marshall, Gregg Viljoen, Mary-Ann Barlow, Middleton-Banks Heather.
Directed by Mark Bamford.

BASIC PREMISE: The lives of six people intersect in Cape Town, South Africa.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: In this character-driven ensemble film, each character has something crucial that’s missing from their lives. Kate (Brown) spends most of her days in an animal shelter that she owns, yearns to find true love, but does a much better job at communicating with dogs rather than humans. Morne (Visser), fresh from losing his wife, tries to find romantic stability in his life. Lindiwee (Moshesh), a mother who must support her son on her own without his father around. Sharifa (Adams) and Habib (Isaacs) desperately try to have a baby so that they can celebrate their love for one another. Then there’s Jean Claude (Ebouaney), a Congo refugee who struggles to find a decent job to support him and get his life back together. The performances are great all across the board, especially Eriq Ebouaney’s exceptionally powerful performance. Kate and Morne gradually fall in love with one another despite how scared Kate is about having relationships with humans. In the second half of the plot, it’s easy to point out the “bad” guy: a wealthy white man who attempts to rape his maid, Lindiwee. The script beautifully links these stories together in a coherent style that is easy to follow with enough gentle humor hold your attention.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Each story concludes on an inspirational, touching, and, above all, a hopeful note. Life certainly has its ups and its downs, but what’s most important is to firmly believe that goodness and happiness will come to those who wait without stepping on other people to get there. Moreover, love ultimately helps to unite people and to make their lives much more tranquil.



THE BOTTOM LINE: Equally funny and touching! Superbly-acted and beautifully-written!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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