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.
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.
An unadorned look at troubled youth in Capetown. Not only did it illustrate a part of South Africa I hadn't seen before but it painted a very human portrait of a thug (a tsotsi) who has to get by on his wits and of an upper class black family that can somehow relate. What I liked most was how it didn't show some great character shift af the end. Tsotsi is still a troubled thug, and the shanty life defines him.
powerful and well-made, but is never quite able to overcome its laughable premise, which is too bad. it could have been done, i think, by leading off with a little more character work before the baby entered the picture. as it is, by the time we get the groundwork necessary to accept tsotsi's actions, it's already too late. good direction, though, and great actors, with a lot of sumptuous cinematography and design.
Hard to imagine Gavin Hood would go on to be known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine... It didn't take long for to fall in love with Tsotsi. I found the pacing exciting while still leaving room for authentic drama, and the acting is terrific. Such a deserving win for a wonderful South African film.
Tsotsi seems to fall into the type of film that brings light into a subject to a wide(r) audiences but at the cost of real filmmaking value i.e. the 'Hollywood' touch or sheen it possesses. Otherwise, the film still has power and powerful images. Just thinking about the state of being in that time and place makes the great empathy machine turn its wheels in your mind.
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.
Pretty good, quick pace of developments, highlighting some important social issues which are the more interesting for an outsider to the culture (well, me). A pretty good pace and an interesting ending - when I saw at a festival some years ago, an alternative ending was screened afterwards which made for a strange experience.
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.