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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Affecting tale of a street hoodlum's evolution.

Movie R 2006 94 minutes
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Last year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, TSOTSI is a brutal, affecting film about a young man's turn from violence to almost incomprehensible generosity. Gavin Hood's film takes place in a harsh, amorphous now -- the presence of AIDS marks a change from the film's source, Athol Fugard's novel, which was set in the 1950s (published in 1980). This shift underlines the persistence of risks in the South African townships: the particular danger may shift, but hopelessness and fury go on.

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