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In My Country (2004)

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Original title: Country of My Skull


Release Date
• USA: Mar 11, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jul 5, 2005

Budget USD 12,000,000

Official Website:
In My Country Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, including descriptions of atrocities, and for a scene of violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country UK, Ireland, South Africa

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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Other Titles
• In My Country
• Country of My Skull (2004)
• Truth
• Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of
• Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South



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Genre: Drama

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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 External Reviews
external linkBoth 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.


external link...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. 1.5/5
--Nicholas Schager (FilmCritic.com)

external link"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

external linkAttempting 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. 5/5
--Lucas Stensland (eFilmCritic.com)

external linkUnfortunate for this film but lucky for us, In My Country follows hard on the heels of Hotel Rwanda.
--Donald Levit

external linkCountry 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.
--Thoralf Schwanitz


 Directed by
John Boorman
Deliverance, Excalibur, The Tailor of Panama
 Written by
Ann Peacock
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Lesson Before Dying, Cora Unashamed
 Cast
Samuel L. Jackson
Pulp Fiction, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Juliette Binoche
The English Patient, Chocolat, Three Colors: Blue
Brendan Gleeson
Troy, Gangs of New York, Mission: Impossible II
Sam Ngakane
Duma, Cry, the Beloved Country
Aletta Bezuidenhout
Ring of the Nibelungs
Lionel Newton
Stander, Forgiveness
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external linkBeyond all its many faults, In My Country does have a few redeeming qualities. B-
--Peter McKay (TheCinemaSource)

external linkFilled 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. 1.5/4
--Steve Rhodes

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