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Skin [DVD] [2008]

Sophie Okonedo , Sam Neill , Anthony Fabian    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige, Tony Kgoroge, Ella Ramangwane
  • Directors: Anthony Fabian
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Ica Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,242 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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SKIN is one of the most extraordinary stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo) is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners (Sam Neill and Alice Krige), unaware of their black ancestry, who raise their child as a "white girl". But from the age of ten Sandra is shunned by white society, thus begins Sandra's thirty-year struggle to reconcile her heritage and find acceptance in a society torn by race and politics.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A dark-skinned girl born to white South African parent attempts to explore her identity in the era of apartheid as her government, her parents, and society as a whole struggle with what it means to the black child of Caucasian descent in a nation deeply divided by race. The year is 1955. Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo) has just been born two a pair of white Afrikaner parents, her brown skin and curly hair the surprising result of genetic throwback. As the government's rigid apartheid system struggles with whether to classify Sanrda as white or black, the young girl and her parents gradually realize that the complications they face due to her appearance run deep and wide. Sandra lives in a society where the color of your skin determines the outcome of your life, and though she is eventually granted permission to an all-white school, she suffers endless torment from her intolerant classmates. Her father Abraham (Sam Neill) is having a particularly difficult time accepting his daughter. Despite the fact that tests indicate he is her biological father, the neighbors constantly whisper behind their backs. And while Sandra's mother (Alice Kreig) does her best to provide her daughter with understanding and emotional support, those consolations come at a high price for both mother and daughter. Her parents believe it their daughter's birthright that she live as a white woman, though only after she grows up and falls in love with a black man will the conflicted Sandra finally find the strength to embrace her true identity as an African woman. ...Skin (2008)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice 6 Sep 2010
By Fenti
This is an effective portrayal of the difficulties faced in South Africa at the time. Well worth seeing with high calibre performances from the cast, superb cinematography and sensitively directed by Anthony Fabian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding viewing 10 Aug 2010
Drama set mainly during the Apartheid-era in South Africa telling the story of Sandra Laing (played by Sophie Okonedo), a young Afrikanner woman who although having white biological parents by a genetic fluke is born black and the problems that this causes her in the society in which she lives. A stirring performance largely by Sophie Okonedo (who plays Sandra Laing from about the age of 17) as we follow Sandra Laing's life over a period of about 30 years; from when she is about 10 to 12 years old and experiences severe racism from staff and pupils at the boarding school she is attending because she is seen as black (the 10 to 12 year old Laing is played by another actress, not Okonedo); through the landmark court case that her parents fight in which she is officially classed as white; through her disownment at about the age of 17 by her parents when she falls for and elopes with a young black man who works for her father; through her decision to be reclassified as black because she feels rejected by Afrikanner society; through times of severe hardship such as when the Afrikanner establishment bulldozes her home because the government has decreed that the settlement in which she lives is now in a `whites-only' area; through seeing her husband and father of her two children over time become a violent drunk who at least once violently assaults her, leading her to leave him and fend for her two children on her own as a black single mother in apartheid-era south Africa; and finally through the pain that Laing carries over a period of about 20 years because she is estranged from her parents and wishes to be reunited with them again (especially her mother). Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars We're her parents 11 Mar 2010
I heard about this film via a piece on the news in which the lady that this film is about was interviewed briefly. Needless to say I was intrigued to see the true life story of a woman born to white parents in South Africa who has the appearance of a black person. Unfortunately this film is not a so much a study of identity politics as it is a competent family drama. The film comes across as a TV drama more than a film for the big screen. It seems to lack the ambition needed for a feature film. I feel like the movie skirts around the pain that rejection by colour causes to people and instead wants the audience to assume the hurt and confusion this brings about. Much of the film relies on looks and facial expressions to convey emotions rather than dialogue or artistic representation. I think that it is this that causes the film to feel like a lightweight treatment of a serious topic. Not that this isn't a good film, it is and it is very worthy without being preachy. It just doesn't have the gravity that I expected.

The story telling has a neat twist in that it beings pretty much at the end of the events it portrays and then works its way back to the beginning until reaching its natural conclusion. The viewer is introduced to the very basics of apartheid South Africa and is then shown the protagonist, Sandra Laing who in fact appears mixed race than just black. There are all the scenes you would expect, the outrage her very existence caused to white South African society, Sandra's confusion, her family's struggle to cope with the prejudices of society and their own. Sandra's life is shown as a battle to understand herself and to preserve her dignity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Skin provides an accurate and alarming portrait of the apartheid phase in South Africa. It is parallel presented, as it switches between the actual apartheid phase and the aftermath of the phase. The events depicted in the movie are actually true, as it unfolds a biographical account about Sandra Laing. The character is categorised as coloured, but it does not sound genetically possible for two Afrikaners to produce a colour offspring.

The story is a rare case, but stunned everyone in South Africa and created a high profiled race row, spanning decades. Sandra suffered the cruelty and the mounting prejudice tarnishing the nation reputation and the country paid the price for it. Acceptance in society was hard for Sandra, due to colour of skin. The laws created a bitter relation between White and Blacks and it an ugly picture of humanity. Her parents did everything to overturn the laws, but their true colours are shockingly revealed in the film. We expected them to be descent and trustworthy souls of society. The relations suffered between Sandra and the parents, as she escapes in the wilderness for years. Families are precious, but suffered a cruel blow when one issue created a level of discontent. The film share emotional moments and depicts the true and disturbing nature of South Africa many years ago.

Skin is compelling, moving and emotionally piece of film-making. The acting is quality, particularly Sophie Okeonedo performance as Sandra Laing and supporting acting deserves strong praise. I almost shed in tears whilst watching the movie and questioned can we ever live in a perfect world. The film shares a different perspective about the Apartheid phase. It is painted in a prismatic light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart Warming Story
Skin is a wonderfully Heart warming True story of a young Black girl who was born into a white Boer family during the height of the Barbaric Apartheid Regime. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JACQUELINE C KENNEDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I've watched the film and have found it good so I could recommend it. It depicts a true life story. It is good
Published 6 months ago by Mr. M. K. Kehinde
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
This movie is brilliant but heartbreaking. The fact it is based on a true story makes the emotion stronger still
Published 11 months ago by Martin Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the film
Great true story, definitely recommend. Very moving and engaging. Also bought the music soundtrack on CD as the music is so memorable.
Published 12 months ago by Mousie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great home truths
Great adaptation of a true story drenched in apartheid and shockingly real. A film which should be used to teach about apartheid, racism and sociology!
Published 14 months ago by Nora Allali
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful
This was a very powerful and touching movie, it really makes you think about what skins colour means. Watch this and recommend it to friends.
Published 18 months ago by Damian
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a tragic story about belonging
It is South Africa under Apartheid. An Afrikaner couple has a dark skin daughter. They insist she is white. She thinks she is white. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Profr R. Cohenalmagor
5.0 out of 5 stars Skin
A movie which depicts the ugliness of racism and how it can tear loved ones apart. The acting by the lead actors, especially Sophie Okonedo, was superb.
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Marion
4.0 out of 5 stars Skin DVD
Watched this over the Xmas, it is sad but a very realistic protrayal of a girl caught in the middle of two cultural worlds. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2010 by LC
5.0 out of 5 stars Skin DVD starring Sophie Okonedo
A very moving and thought-provoking film about apartheid in South Africa based on a true story.
Great DVD with lots of extra features to watch including deleted schemes,... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Barbara Alexander
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