Life, Above All

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Sony Pictures Classics Released 2011

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Director:
Oliver Schmitz
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Just after the death of her newly-born sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.Directed by Oliver Schmitz (Paris, Je T?Aime) and based on the award-winning novel ?Chanda?s Secrets? by Allan Stratton.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film's ending is improbably upbeat: Magic realism, in a sense. It works as a deliverance. Dennis Foon's screenplay is based on the novel "Chanda's Secrets" by Canadian writer A...

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A grave and quietly moving story about a South African girl of extraordinary character, does something that few painful dramas accomplish: It tells a tale of resilience without pla...

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    It's an absorbing, vividly inhabited tale nonetheless, never exploiting its horrors but rather treating them as tough local realities.

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