Skin

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Released 2009

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Director:
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Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
A dark-skinned girl born to white South African parents attempts to explore her identity in the era of apartheid as her government, her parents, and society as a whole struggle with what it means to be a black child of Caucasian descent in a nation deeply divided by race. The year is 1955. Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo) has just been born to a pair of white Afrikaner parents, her brown skin and curly hair the surprising result of genetic throwback. As the government's rigid apartheid system struggles with whether to classify Sandra as white or black, the young girl and her parents gradually realize that the complications they face due to her appearance run deep and wide.

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  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    One of the more bizarre illustrations of racial injustice under apartheid is dramatized in Skin.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Alas, Mr. Fabian, directing his first feature-length fiction film, uses a club whenever a feather would do. He also mishandles the actors, in particular Mr. Neill and Ms. Okonedo, ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Too many of the characters are either good or bad, and that loss of nuance is missed.

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