A World Apart

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"South Africa, 1963. A mother's love. A family's courage."
  • PG
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 7.1  (1,728)

A World Apart is an emotional drama film set in 1963 South Africa, directed by Chris Menges. The story centers around the life of a woman named Diana Roth, played by Barbara Hershey, who is an anti-Apartheid activist and a journalist. She is one of the few white citizens who stands up against the government's oppressive regime and supports the black majority's fight for justice and equality.

Diana's activism has a price to pay, however, and her campaigning against the government's policies conflicts with her role as a mother to her daughter, Molly, played by Jodhi May. Her daughter is growing up and begins to feel neglected and less important as her mother invests more time in her work, and this causes a rift in their relationship.

Furthermore, the South African government is threatening Diana and her family's safety due to her outspoken views. This means that Diana and her family have to endure constant surveillance, threats and intimidation, and it takes a toll on all of them.

David Suchet plays Diana's husband, Gus, who is a lawyer for the government and a staunch supporter of Apartheid, putting him at odds with Diana's beliefs. Although he attempts to balance his duties as a lawyer with his familial responsibilities, he struggles to cope with the dangers and consequences of his wife's activism in a country where speaking out against the government can lead to imprisonment or death.

As the story progresses, Diana becomes more and more involved in her activism, putting her own life and her family's lives in danger. Her determination and bravery attract the attention of many others who are fighting for the same cause, but at what cost? How far will she go to fight against injustice, and how will her family react to her increasing activism?

A World Apart is a poignant and powerful film, delving deeply into the complexities of familial love and loyalty versus the moral duty to fight against inequality and oppression. It also reflects upon the state of racial and political turmoil in South Africa during the 1960s and the impact it had on individual lives.

The film was well received by critics, and Jodhi May received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Molly, earning Best Supporting Actress awards at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Barbara Hershey was also praised for her performance, and the film was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In conclusion, A World Apart is an emotionally intense and thought-provoking film that explores the complexities of family, love, and activism, all set against the backdrop of political turmoil in 1960s South Africa.

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    7.1  (1,728)