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By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Moving apartheid drama has hate speech and violence, nudity.

Movie NR 2021 104 minutes
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This powerful drama is a challenging watch, but it's undoubtedly a rewarding one. There are some scenes in Moffie that are incredibly difficult to sit through. But it's a testament to filmmaker Oliver Hermanus that it never feels gratuitous, or implemented for mere shock value, instead driving the narrative forward, painting a raw, and uncomfortable picture of apartheid in South Africa during the 1980s.

Brummer is brilliant in the lead role, and given there's not much by way of dialogue, what he manages to convey through nuance, and internalized emotions, is impressive to say the least. The movie is immersive too, thanks in part to the wonderful score, which creates an uneasy ambiance. The audience can smell the sweat of the dorm and feel the heat of the climate and atmosphere. This may not be a film you want to see numerous times. But to experience it once, you'll be thankful you did, because it's a powerful piece of cinema deserving of its critical acclaim and multiple high-profile award nominations.

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