"Boesman and Lena"
Directed by John Berry
Danny Glover and Angela Bassett star in this
heart-wrenching adaptation of Athol Fugard's play about a couple's struggle
to survive and not let hatred destroy them as they live a life of constant
displacement and oppression under Apartheid. Through flashbacks we see the
happiness they once had and how it was taken away from them. Glover
"...finds every nuance of Boesman's pride and frustration as well as his
deeply buried, nearly evaporated reservoir of tenderness. And Ms. Bassett
stokes Lena's pain to such white heat that the screen fairly burns" (A.O.
Scott, The New York Times). The last film directed by John Berry, who
began his career in Hollywood (He Ran All the Way) but spent much of
his career in France and elsewhere after being blacklisted during the
McCarthy era. In English. South Africa. 84 minutes.