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Tsotsi

Best Foreign Film Oscar winner "Tsotsi" is a solid-if-predictable drama set in the ramshackle townships of Johannesburg, South Africa where Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae), a young thug, gets more than he bargains for when he car jacks a BMW with an infant in the backseat. Tsotsi struggles with keeping the baby alive as he desperately attempts to reconcile his life of crime with the newfound respect for life he learns from the woman that he enlists to help take care of the baby. Writer/director Gavin Hood shows great promise with a socially relevant drama that could just as easily take place in America. Special features include a director’s commentary track, three alternate endings with director’s commentary by the director, deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary, a making-of featurette, a music video, and a short film by Gavin Hood. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

(Movie – Four Stars, DVD features – Three Stars) Rated R, 94 mins. (Buena Vista Home Video)

July 22, 2006 in Drama, Foreign | Permalink