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cover: Tsotsi

Tsotsi

Director(s): Gavin Hood

Theatrical Release: 2005

Cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano, Zenzo Ngqobe, Annemarie Zola

Genre(s): Drama, crime, psychological, Dean's List

Countries: South Africa, Africa, United Kingdom


Location in store: African Cinema

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(2 / 2)
Ant Rating
6.7
MyRating
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Running Time: 94m.

2005 ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - BEST FOREIGN FILM

An amoral teenager develops an unexpected paternal side in this powerful drama from South Africa. Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) is the street name used by a young Johannesburg delinquent who has taken to a life of crime in order to support himself. Tsotsi comes from a blighted upbringing -- his mother is slowly dying from AIDS-related illnesses, and his father was torturously abusive -- and he has developed a talent for violence borne of necessity as well as taking strange pleasure in hurting other people. One evening, Tsotsi kills a woman while stealing her car, and only later discovers that her infant son is in the back seat. Uncertain of what to do with the baby, Tsotsi takes the boy home and tries to care for it -- going so far as to force Miriam (Terry Pheto), a single mother living nearby, to nurse the baby. With time, Tsotsi learns the basics of child care, and the presence of the baby awakens a sense of humanity in him that life on the street had stripped away. But as Tsotsi grows closer to the baby, he comes to the realization that the child should be with his family, and when he's unexpectedly faced with them in the midst of a robbery, he must make a quick decision about what's best for both the baby and himself. Tsotsi was adapted from a novel by the award-winning South African writer Athol Fugard. (allmovie.com)

+ THE STOREKEEPER - short film by director Gavin Hood

+ Alternate Endings with optional commentary by screenwriter/director Gavin Hood

+ Deleted Scenes with with optional commentary by Gavin Hood

+ The Making of Tsotsi

+ Feature Commentary by Gavin Hood
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