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Original title: Country of My Skull
• USA: Mar 11, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jul 5, 2005
Budget USD 12,000,000
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Rated R for language, including descriptions of atrocities, and for a scene of violence.
1 hour, 40 minutes
Country UK, Ireland, South Africa
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
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• In My Country
• Country of My Skull (2004)
• Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of
• Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South
Tagline: A South African Story of Truth, Love and Reconcilliation
Plot: Langston Whitfield (Samuel L. Jackson) is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during the Apartheid era are invited to come forward and confront their victims. By telling the unvarnished truth and expressing contrition, they may be granted amnesty.
Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Langston is deeply sceptical. He tracks down Col. De Jager, the most notorious torturer in the SA Police and tries to penetrate the mind of a monster, an experience that obliges him to confront his own demons.
Anna Malan (Juliette Binoche), is an Afrikaans poet who is covering the hearings for radio. As a white South African she is shattered by the accounts of the cruelty and depravity committed by her fellow countrymen. Anna and Langston must both question their sense of identity. Where do they each belong? How responsible are they for what is done in the name of their respective countries? The moving testimony of the victims affects them deeply. In different ways they are both estranged from their families, and their shared experience draws them ever closer to each other. It is a story charting the
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Both Hotel Rwanda and In My Country open our eyes to human violence and the heroism of those who are able to stand up against it armed with the spiritual practices of compassion, love, and forgiveness.
--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
...prime example of why it’s dangerous to concoct fictional narratives in order to tell historically important stories, Boorman’s latest is awkward and ungainly, a dramatically forced and stilted tale of interracial reconciliation bereft of any rhythm and even less subtlety.
--Nicholas Schager (FilmCritic.com)
"In My Country" does more for the cause of blacks in South Africa than a sterile documentary could accomplish: the mixture of fiction for dramatic effect has been a wise choice. B+
--Harvey S. Karten
Attempting to overcome conflict with division is erroneous and cowardly; to triumph over conflict with love and understanding is not only a cliché, it is stalwartly evinced here by Boorman to be the best possible route. As a film culture, we are richer for having In My Country.
--Lucas Stensland (eFilmCritic.com)
Unfortunate for this film but lucky for us, In My Country follows hard on the heels of Hotel Rwanda.
Country of My Skull has charming moments which expose the absurdity of racial barriers...Introducing a broad audience to the recent history of South Africa, the movie’s strength is its educational aspect. The great drama hidden in this country’s past andpresent still waits to be discovered by another film, though.
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|Beyond all its many faults, In My Country does have a few redeeming qualities. B-|
--Peter McKay (TheCinemaSource)
Filled with gut-wrenching stories told to South Africa's apartheid amnesty commission, "In My Country" nevertheless, lets no cliché go unspoken in one of the worst scripts of the year.