A Dry White Season (1989)


“Justice and law, Mr. Du Toit, are often just… well they’re, I suppose they can be described as distant cousins. And here in South Africa, well, they’re simply not on speaking terms at all.” – Ian McKenzie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A teacher in Apartheid South Africa tries to get involved to help change society when the son of his friend is suspiciously found dead after a protest against the government.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had heard about yet never had the opportunity to see until now.

They take a very interesting and controversial subject and were able to present it in a relatively neutral fashion at a time when the world needed to be informed of this kind of information.

The story does a great job showing how much was being done in Apartheid South Africa in the name of justice during some very dark days.

This film may not be entirely based on the truth, yet it uses many elements of events and people from those uncertain days and tries to expose things for what they were.

The cast is quite good here and Donald Sutherland works really well in the lead role.

He is helped along by Jurgen Prochnow, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando who both helps raise the suspense level of the story.

Brando was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role and he truly deserved the nomination since despite the fact that his character only has a relatively small role, he is able to be quite impactful on the story being told.

They do a nice job of showing how loyalties were split even among family members when dealing with all of the racial issues and ideas that kept coming up during the days of Apartheid.

Bottom Line – Interesting and controversial film that came out at a time when it was most needed. The story works really well to try and expose the various atrocities committed in the name of justice during those dark days. The cast is quite good and Sutherland is great as the lead but he is helped along by the performances of Prochnow, Sarandon and Brando. Brando was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role and he definitely deserved it because even in such a small role, he is quite impactful on the story being told. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With this movie, director Euzhan Palcy became the first black female director to direct a major Hollywood picture. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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