Proteus

Follow
Released 2003

USER EDITOR

No Editor

User Score: 0

N/A
out of 10
User Rating
0 votes

SHOW REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Write A Review
Proteus

Movie Summary

Director:
John Greyson , Jack Lewis
Released:
2003
Rating:
Not Available
A recreation of the decade-long love affair in the 18th century in a Cape Town penal colony on Robben Island. The two lovers were a Dutch sailor imprisoned there for sodomy and a young Khoi herder. The Khoi were part of the Hottentot tribal group and as such were the untouchables of that time. The two were placed on trial and this love affair and the legal battles are the grist of Greyson and Lewis' film based partly on court transcripts from the time. In South Africa, during the 1700s, sodomy was a crime deemed worse than murder, and the fact that these two young men had indulged in it was also complicated by the fact that this was an interracial love affair.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Proteus is involving and affecting even if it is not completely coherent or fully realized.

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Proteus has enough erotic and exotic content to win back some of the arthouse viewers previously beguiled by Greyson's "Lilies." But pic lacks that gem's lush aesthetics and impass...

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Tricked up with an elaborate flashback structure, subtitled dialogue in three languages and as many gratuitous aesthetic touches as the traffic will bear, Proteus emerges as a heav...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE