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Wah-Wah [DVD]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2007
I wasn't sure this film would be up to much more than a very good English drama and I was very pleasantly surprised. I really became involved from the opening scene and by the end felt like I knew the characters personally. Thanks to the subtle qualities of this film, watching this film is much like reading a really really good book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2006
I thought this film was the most absorbing, sad and funny film I have watched for a long long time - very sensitively done and portraying family life in the "raw" ... full of emotion and a flash back to a time when life was lived in such a simple behind doors way - a reminder of part of a history which must never be allowed to happen ever again. A marvelous first film produced by the multi-talented and fabulous Richard E Grant. A must-see film for all Richard's many fans plus everyone else of course. Great acting by all the actors involved and all expertly directed by Richard. If you read the Wah Wah diaries you will see how 6 years of Richard's life was taken up in the making of it. Joan R
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2010
With this first movie as a director, British actor Richard E.Grant presents to us a biopic on his own childhood memories in Swatziland, at the time the British crown decided to remove its political powers in the country and to give power back to the Swatziland king. In this coming-of-age story, he reveals, through his character Ralph Compton, how his parents marriage dissolved, based on adultery grounds which his mother did, and how, during the following years, his father got remarried, but also became an alcoholic.

Through this movie, it is evident that Richard E.Grant is an excellent director. Not only are all his actors credible and moving in their acting, they also have a great chemistry between each other. As for his script, it is very well written and very funny. Which is great for Emily Watson, who does an excellent performance and american accent in the film, said that sometimes actors aren't usually very good writers. So it is really great to see actors who know how to make people laugh and get involved in the story.

Sincerely, I hope that Richard E.Grant makes another movie even though he had horrifying conflicts with Marie-Castille Mention-Scharr his producer, for he really has a talent of telling a story through his characters, and not through computer graphic effects which is what some directors tend to do. And I am sure that not all producers are as incompetent as that producer, whose unprofessional management and mediocre communication skills he revealed in his production diaries.

By the way, two cheers for Patrick Doyle does an excellent soundtrack with this movie. Very touching and pleasant to listen to. I hope they'll release a Blu-Ray of that movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2011
I caught a viewing of this film on television and was totally enraptured by it. It is an semi-autobiographical account of Richard E Grants childhood in Africa and it is a magical beautiful film.

I have to reiterate, I loved this film. It was written and directed by Richard E Grant and is a masterly film directing debut. Buy it, watch it, please, please read the book!! Then see the film again. Really worth at least a second viewing.
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on 30 July 2013
Although this film has been out and about for several years, for some reason it had never crossed my horizons! The title was intriguing and the film's cast of well established, excellent actors, and direction by Richard E Grant, encouraged me to give it the once over. It is a very warm, sad, humorous and poignant film and I've had several 'once overs' since my first viewing. The movie is about middleclass British ex-pats well set into a comfortable life in late 1960s pre-independence Swaziland ( a small land-locked colonial outpost in Southern Africa ). How this group of people deal with alcoholism, family life and general interaction between eachother, and most importantly, the oncoming independence of this country, is what the movie is all about. This is a very entertaining and moving hour and a half; you may well need a hankie to hand! Also adding to the pleasure is Swaziland itself, it is a remarkably beautiful country. We should see more of it! The flash, bang, wallop brigade of movie watchers will not enjoy this film but those with a more sensitive view of life certainly will!
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on 3 November 2013
I had been to swaziland 3 times. So when I entered "Swaziland" into IMDB Wah-Wah came up, and with 6.8 it came up as a good watch. The storyline is quite good, but mostly centres around houses and swimming pools. Richard E. Grant went to great lengths to make the film in Swaziland, but unfortunately you don't see as much of Swaziland as one might expect. The making of which is also on the DVD is very good, and I would recommend watching this too as it you gain better insights into why and how the film was made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2010
Amazing film, showing the early life of Richard E Grant. Beautifully filmed and directed. A must see in my eyes.
Read the Wah Wah Diaries.
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on 4 June 2011
Excellent British film with great performances from all of the leads, including the wonderful Julie Waters and Celia Imrie. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Swaziland, the film took an endearing look at the quaint and sometimes outrageous life of British expats during the twilight of the British Empire, useing a very sad central story.
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on 4 November 2013
I watched the author on TV as a guest on Nigel Slaters cookery programme,and I was very interested in his life story and how he has turned out to be a reasonably balanced chap.
I bought the book to go into more depth about his upbringing. It was a good read for anyone who likes true stories.
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on 28 April 2014
Not as grand as "Out of Africa" but a beautifully played story of family, childhood and the birth of a nation. Funny and heartbreaking. The young hero is excellent just as all the other actors. A revelation in the genre of African movies made by Europeans.
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