The White Massai

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  • 2005
  • 2 hr 11 min
  • 6.4  (4,050)

The White Massai, released in 2005, is a German film that tells the story of a Swiss woman, Carola, who falls in love with a Maasai warrior, Lemalian, while on vacation in Kenya. The film is based on a true story and is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Corinne Hofmann. The movie starts with Carola, played by Nina Hoss, and her boyfriend Stefan, played by Janek Rieke, on vacation in Kenya. While on safari, they stop at a village where Carola first lays eyes on Lemalian, played by Jacky Ido. Despite the language barrier and cultural differences, Carola is drawn to Lemalian's charm and confidence.

After returning to Switzerland, Carola cannot stop thinking about Lemalian and decides to go back to Kenya to find him. She quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on a journey to find him. When she finally reunites with Lemalian, she finds out that he is already married and has a child.

Despite Lemalian's marital status, Carola continues to pursue him and joins his village as his second wife. The couple faces opposition from Lemalian's first wife and members of the Maasai community who do not approve of their relationship.

Throughout the movie, Carola struggles to adapt to the Maasai way of life, including the language, customs, and traditions. This leads to cultural clashes and misunderstandings between her and Lemalian.

The film's cinematography is breathtaking, showcasing the beautiful landscapes of Kenya, from the lush forests to the barren savannahs. The soundtrack also adds to the film's immersion, featuring traditional Maasai music and songs.

The performances by the actors are also outstanding. Nina Hoss portrays Carola's emotional journey with subtlety and depth, while Jacky Ido captures the complexities of Lemalian's character as he struggles to balance his love for Carola with his duty to his community.

The White Massai is a poignant story of love, cultural differences, and self-discovery. It explores the challenges of interracial relationships and the sacrifices that come with it. The film also highlights the importance of respecting different cultures and ways of life.

Overall, The White Massai is a beautiful and thought-provoking movie that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

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    2 hr 11 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (4,050)