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Tsotsi [DVD] [2006]

Presley Chweneyagae , Mothusi Magano , Kenneth Nkosi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Percy Matsemela, Jerry Mofokeng
  • Directors: Kenneth Nkosi
  • Producers: Mark Kilian
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Xhosa
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F2BN5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Hard-hitting Afrikaans drama. Presley Chweneyagae stars as the title character, a young delinquent who supports himself through a life of crime on the tough streets of Johannesburg. Coming from a brutal and deprived background, Tsotsi thinks nothing of committing acts of violence, but when he murders a woman to steal her car, he is forced to confront the consequences of his actions when he discovers the dead woman's baby on the back seat. Unsure what to do, he takes the child home and tries to care for it. As the baby gradually reawakens his buried sense of humanity, Tsotsi is forced to make a momentous decision when he comes across the child's bereaved family during a robbery.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Intense Film 2 May 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Tsotsi" won the Best Foreign Film Award at the 2006 Oscars, so it is worth watching if only to see why it is so highly rated by the critics. It is a film about redemption and "the power of love" ,which transforms the heart of a callous and vicious Soweto gangster; the "Tsotsi" of the film's title. This takes place gradually following his unwitting kidnapping of a young baby after stealing a car and shooting a woman in a wealthy part of Johannesburg. Assuming the role of father , the experience of looking after the stolen child triggers memories of his own traumatic childhood and helps him come to terms with it, as well as opening his heart to the possibility of developing constructive, loving relationships with people. Presley Chweneyagae puts in a stellar performance as Tsotsi and he is ably supported by a fine cast. The film possesses a tremendous amount of intensity and emotion and it's message that "there is good in everyone" ,even amongst the most hopeless of cases ,is a positive and life-affirming one. The cinematography in "Tsotsi" is admirable also and the storyline provides interesting insights into relationships between social classes in 21st Century South Africa, where life for the majority of blacks still appears to remain nasty ,brutish and short.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 7 April 2006
By sam
So you may have missed Tsotsi when it was in our cinemas this winter/spring and may have thought that wasn't much of a loss anyway. It's not Mission impossible nor is it Sophies choice- its not "hollywood" and that may have led you to believe you didn't miss anything significant, a feeling that i probably would have shared if i hadn't been forced to see this beautiful southafrican made film.
I fell instantly in love with the amazingly acted characters of tsotsi and the visual style of the film equally. So much so, i bought this dvd. This film is a gem. An absolutely beautiful story which captivates and transends geographical boundaries, race and class
I guess the point of this review is to make sure that a least one other person out there may see it, buy the dvd and hopefully see what i saw. Or at least something close to what i did. thanks
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing and moving film 31 Jan 2007
Set mainly in a ghetto in Johannesburg this film tells the story of the criminal underclass for whom violence and robbery are everyday occurrences and necessary for their own survival. The film doesn't glamorize this violence in any way and instead uses it to paint a bleak picture of their existence. The characters come across as emotionally fragile despite the outward show of bravado. The main character, Tsotsi, finds a baby after a carjacking and having to care for it brings out an emotional side of him that would have otherwise remained unexpressed. The slow revealing of his true emotional nature is wonderfully acted and directed and instead of despising the criminal we end up sympathising with a victim of circumstances beyond their control.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child is a Father to Man 14 May 2006
Though "Tsotsi" is set in South Africa and the milieu, to the American eye, is as exotic as a film set on the Moon, the concerns are Universal: the loss or disconnect of ones parents, the longing for a parent's love and caring, a governments lack of concern for a citizens civil rights.

Tsotsi (Presley Chweneygae) is a hood, a young man who kills and steals without any apparent concern for what he is doing and why he is doing it. His face and eyes radiate mostly hate and disdain. He is psychically and emotionally detached and removed. Then, one day he steals a luxury car, shoots the woman to whom it belongs and realizes, once he drives the car away, that there is an infant in the back seat.

This beautiful, innocent child forces Tsotsi ( really named David) to face the loss of his Mother, the uncaring, drunken non-concern of his father and the deep seated, mostly ignored or glossed , psychically ignored feelings with which he hasn't been able to deal.

Director and screenwriter Gavin Hood (adapted from a novel by Athol Fugard) has fashioned a traditionally structured film and peopled it with non-traditional characters and it works because we can all relate to Tsotsi's dilemma. And it doesn't hurt to have Presley Chweneygae as your lead character. The first time we see Tsotsi on screen he looks at the camera with his huge black eyes: eyes that are filled with superiority, despair, disgust and hurt. When he first sees the infant his eyes and face fill with wonder and awe at the utter helplessness and innocence. It is this disparity and friction that makes the film crackle with fire and well observed life.

"Tsotsi" is not a revolutionary film like say the similarly themed "Children of God" but it is a very emotionally effective and socially aware one and Presley Chweneyagae's performance is so natural and truthful that it makes you wince with recognition and empathy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life lessons 3 Jan 2009
I don't usually take the time to review things as most people say it all in their reviews anyway, but I have to express my pure love for this film.

Not only did I cry from beginning to end, but I cried with every single emotion known to man: anger, sadness, annoyance, happiness, but above all things, HOPE. The events in this film may not be happening to you, but it's the lessons they teach that will inspire you to think more about how you perceive the world around you as it touches on morals and global issues without throwing them in your face.
Tsotsi as a character is entirely believable. Kudos to the actor who plays him; he allowed me to understand Tsotsi through actions alone.
Fantastic story, fantastic script, fantastic music; this film is beyond words.

The film is not for the faint-hearted, but although there is a fair amount of action and violence, I wouldn't call it an "action film". The film is a little slow as it is only based on a few days in the life of Tsotsi, so I would not recommend this to anyone who loves a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller. However, I would still encourage anybody to give it a chance! Magnificent!!
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Good film at a good price. I have been looking for this for a while, but found it on amazon
Published 6 months ago by Tony Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars If you see only one film this year ...
I was surprised to find (at the time of writing: November 2013) that there were only 31 reviews of Tsotsi on Amazon UK. Read more
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really good film, dont normally do sub titles but
did enjoy this, worth getting
story went well. liked it alot
Published 8 months ago by Miss C Heholt
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