Wah-Wah

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Released 2005

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Director:
Richard E. Grant
Released:
2005
Rating:
R

Wah-Wah is a drama film that is set in Swaziland at the end of the sixties. At this time, the country is about to receive independence from the colonial rule of Great Britain. British actor Richard E. Grant is both the writer and director of this comedy drama. The story is inspired by his personal childhood experiences in colonial Africa during the sixties. Grant tells the story of Ralph Compton (Zachary Fox), an eleven-year-old son to Harry Compton (Gabriel Byrne). Harry is an appealing and socially connected minister of education in Swaziland. In spite of this, his marriage to Lauren (Miranda Richardson), is on the rocks. Ralph witnesses his mother committing adultery with one of his father's best friends. When Harry learns of the affair, his wife leaves him and this drives him to heavy drinking. The unpleasant situation causes Harry to send his son to boarding school. After two years, he returns home to find his father remarried to Ruby (Emily Watson).

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Both acidly funny and very moving.

  • 70

    The New York Times

    Yet for all its studied snobbery and brittle entitlement, the film is never mean-spirited: even Ralph's monstrous parents are treated with more compassion than they deserve. Clearl...

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    Flavorsome performances by a seasoned cast, held in check by Grant's traditional but well-crafted, always cinematic direction.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Independent, Historical