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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense family drama about race, identity during apartheid.

Movie PG-13 2009 107 minutes
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If a film's ability to perturb audiences is an indication of how good it is, then SKIN is superb, indeed. It's told with alarming straightforwardness, which only serves to heighten the horror of the bigotry that unfolds onscreen. But what makes it even better is how it anchors the politics and history with human emotions, allowing viewers to feel just what it's like to walk in Sandra's shoes -- how enraging it must have been to be discriminated against; how confusing it must have been to discover that the those who have always protected you, your parents, can harbor such tragically limited ideas about race; and how isolating it must be to hear the man you love condemn a group of people with whom you also identify, and worse.

The film does have its problems, including slack pacing and uninspired storytelling that sometimes robs it of suspense and drama. But neither one is critical enough to scar.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 30, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: February 1, 2011
  • Cast: Alice Krige, Sam Neill, Sophie Okonedo
  • Director: Anthony Fabian
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic material, some violence and sexuality
  • Last updated: February 10, 2023

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