Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto – where survival is the primary objective – Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking.
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Powerful performances and beautiful cinematography manage to offset the cliched storyline. The transition from psychopathic street thug to redeemed by baby is far too abrupt to be believable, but if you get can past that, a decent - if as said cliched - film.
Lovely movie; Presley Chweneyagae is very moving in the title role. The game of craps that open the movie is a great metaphor. Yes, you can pretty much see where this one is going, but you want it to go there. Nice to see Athol Fugard story on film (he wrote the source material, not the screenplay) and also to get a glimpse of the South Africa that the tourist board would rather you didn't know about.
Yes, it's more than a little cloying and yes, some of it preposterous. I can't really mount much of a defense other than to say, the emotional payoff(s) were earned and I found the depiction of Joburg illuminating (never having been there).
Engaging and well told. An interesting story about a young gang leader living in the slums on the outskirts of Johannesburg, who steals a car but there's also a baby inside. It follows his transformation from angry, violent, gang-leading juvenile with little respect for himself or anyone else to owning up to his mistakes and taking responsibility for what he has done. Full of emotion and quite gripping.
Not a single scene, if any frame, is left without an eerie sense of something utmost important and morally engaging just taking place. Whether it's a half-mute protagonist projecting his whole miserable life into a memory of a beaten childhood dog, or a little less mute teenage drunk patronizing about decency for whatever reason. A lot was hinted, even more supposedly pictured, but not a thing explored.
Un racconto emotivamente impattante, tinto dei colori caldi africani. Ben narrata l'improvvisata e goffa paternità di Tsotsi, grazie ad una bella fotografia e buoni spunti di direzione, il tutto sbilanciato però da delle performance recitative non proprio brillanti. Questa semisconosciuta chicca sudafricana dà, nonostante tutto, lezioni di cinema ad un sacco di film patinati e sedicenti artisti di più nota nomea.
Solid story. Tostsi asks the old beggar in the wheel chair "Why do you go on when you live like a dog?". He says that he can still feel the sun on his skin. The transition of the camera shots and the pacing was great.