Tsotsi (DVD)

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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader (Chweneyagae).In Johannesburg, a small time criminal, Tsotsi, is a teenager without feelings, hardened by his tough life. After a series of violent gang hits, Tsotsi hijacks a car. However, whilst driving, Tsotsi finds that there is a baby on the back seat. He brings the baby to his house in the slum. The next six days bring about a change in him that couldn't be foreseen.

Product Details

Barcode
6004416074093
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Apr 2006
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Crime
Region
Region 2
Studio
Moviworld
Runtime
94 min
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Tsotsi
Release Year
2006
Running Time
94 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Crime / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$2.9 million
Official Website
http://www.tsotsi.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes®
82% 86%
Metacritic
70
Synopsis
Based on South African playwright Athol Fugard's only novel, TSOTSI is a thrilling, provocative look at life in the ghettos outside present-day Johannesburg. Presley Chweneyagae stars as the title character, a teenager with a killer stare who lives alone in a ramshackle room in a poor shantytown, where he pulls off petty crimes with the help of three compatriots--Boston (Mothusi Magano), Butcher (Zenzo Ngqobe), and Aap (Kenneth Nkosi). But after they stab a man to death on the subway and Tsotsi (which means "thug" or "gangster") beats up Boston for trying to find out about his past, Tsotsi runs off to a wealthy section of the city, shoots a woman, and steals her car. Only later does he discover that there is a baby in the back seat--and decides to keep it for himself. As Tsotsi finally does look back at his own childhood, he tries to take care of the infant, carrying it around in a paper bag and forcing a young mother, Miriam (Terry Pheto), to breastfeed it at gunpoint. At this point, writer-director Gavin Hood could have opted for trite sentimentality, but instead he delves deeper into Tsotsi's psyche, as the young man might have already gone too far to turn back now. TSOTSI is a pulsating, electrifying film propelled by Chweneyagae's powerful, mesmerizing performance. The pounding soundtrack features popular local Kwaito music by Zola, who also plays crimelord Fela in the film. Winner of the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, TSOTSI "will rank as one of the best films ever to come out of South Africa," as Fugard himself said.
Notes
Theatrical Release: February 24, 2006
Poster
Poster for Tsotsi
Cast & Crew
Director
Gavin Hood
Star
Presley Chweneyagae / Mothusi Magano / Jerry Mofokeng / Zenzo Ngqobe / Kenneth Nkosi / Terry Pheto / Ian Roberts / Rapulana Seiphemo / Zola
Source Writer
Athol Fugard / Author: Athol Fugard
Executive Producer
Sam Bhembe / Doug Mankoff
Music
Zola
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[The] moody, minimalist film conveys a South African street thug's moral wake-up call without ham-fisted speeches..."
Alissa Cohen (14 Jul 2006, p.69)
Sight and Sound
"Hood elicits a great performance from Presley Chweneyagae as the delinquent hero slowly beginning to question his life of casual violence....Individual scenes are staged with tremendous verve."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Apr 2006, p.82)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sharp focus, epiphany snapshot....The semi-pro Presley Chweneyagae uses every iris-flex and eyebrow nudge..."
Stuart McGurk (1 Aug 2006, p.105)
Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "TSOTSI is a raw and brutal look at the simmering hotbed of violence that inevitably exists in deprived inner city shantytowns."
Natalie Braine (1 Jul 2006, p.94)
Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]owerful....It's quite an achievement by director Gavin Hood....Authentic..."
Wendy Ide (1 Apr 2006, p.133)
USA Today
"TSOTSI is a compelling and uplifting tale of humanity and dignity in the starkest of environments."
Claudia Puig (24 Feb 2006, p.4E)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: 2005