The Jewish Redlich family emigrate to Kenya in 1938. While his wife Jettel finds it hard adapting to her new life on an isolated farm, a far from romantic existence, little Regina falls in love with Africa.
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It's good, but way too Hollywoodish for my taste. Especially the fucking music, ugh. I actually turned off the sound for part of it, since there were subtitles. I'm subtracting a whole star just for that, schmaltzy Hollywood-style music. This film won an Oscar, tho, so there has to be something tacky about it to make it qualify for an Academy Award. 3.6
2001 Oscar winner for Foreign Language Film that told a novel WWII story from the perspective of Jewish emigrates to Kenya who escaped Germany before the ghettos and the break out of war. Each of the three lead characters find different ways of surviving and coping with their new home but the film truly sings when it concentrates on the relations between them and their new Kenyan neighbours. Juliane Kohler excels.
Actually I love the way to show Jewish stories about the Holocaust from other kind of stories, not the typical in Germany or Poland. Really interesting the detail about how fast the girl learns the languages, how fast she makes friends and how fast she can changes places, and how different are the adults grown with some traditions and harder believes.
Two women directors, Claire Denis and Caroline Link. Two stories set in colonial Africa. Two movies see from the point of view of a young white girl. Two stories with a black servant in a white household in the focus. Two stories looking at the past, trying to decode it.
Yet, so different are the two films! Link’s Nowhere in Africa is, at the heart of it, is a breathtaking romantic saga of lost childhood.
I really enjoyed this film, specially because the story takes place in Africa. It was, though, a little bit too long. I don't give it four stars because of that and because I think that the photography and the editing could have been slightly better. Besides that, I really recomend this movie and I sugest checking out "TABU" from Miguel Gomes (It's another "biography style" movie that also takes place in Africa)
An excellent approach about the relations between different ethnic groups. Using the WWII as a perfect start, the history guides you to the development of a nice idea: differences cause no harm. Off course, before that there's the discrimination among germans and jews, white and black and, with some irony, english towards jews. The Kenyan countryside has a wonderful visual impact thanks to the great photography.
"Caroline Link and myself knew that Kenya as a place for a film production would be more difficult, complex and more strenuous than South Africa. We opted for Kenya and were sure the film would be more authentic, atmospheric and have better locations; besides, a Zulu is not a Masai or Pokot." - Peter Herrmann,