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I Dreamed Of Africa [DVD] [2000] [2001]

3.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen, Eva Marie Saint
  • Directors: Hugh Hudson
  • Writers: Kuki Gallmann, Paula Milne, Susan Shilliday
  • Producers: Allyn Stewart, John D. Schofield, Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, English, German
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053W5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,257 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Italian socialite Kuki Gallman (Kim Basinger) marries the dark and mysterious Paulo (Vincent Perez), she leaves her comfortable European existence behind and takes her young son Emanuele (Liam Aiken) to live on Paulo's remote Kenyan farm. Despite the initial seductions of the country's beauty, Kuki soon has to confront the dangers of life in the African countryside and in doing so, herself.

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Based on the memoirs of party-girl-turned-conservationist Kuki Gallman, I Dreamed of Africa never comes close to living up to its title; the mood is more prosaic travelogue than oneiric wonderment. After a car accident warns Kuki of her mortality, she resolves to grow up, a process that mysteriously involves marrying a man she barely knows and moving with him and her young son to the wilds of South Africa. There she learns new beau Paolo is less reliable than she thought, but also that the sun-baked plains and roaming beasts of Africa speak to her in a way the nightlife of Italy did not. (We learn of her blossoming humanity because she introduces herself to the servants; a probing study of interpersonal relationships this isn't.) Kim Basinger obviously feels connected to the role--she can stride across a room with a majestic self-righteousness that the film should have drawn upon more--but she's defeated by a script composed of repetitive vignettes that have no cumulative effect and a director (Hugh Hudson) who keeps the film's emotional impact curiously flat and diffuse except for the crass, manipulative moments every 20 minutes or so. Sure the photography's lovely, but really, how hard is it to get a nice shot of flamingoes at dawn? --Bruce Reid, Amazon.com

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Let's start with the beautiful: magnificent use of the African landscape, an enchanting musical score, the touching relationship depicted by Vicent Perez and Liam Aiken.

The controversial: based on the true story of a European woman remaining in Africa despite various tragedies, it raises many important questions about the confrontation of personal project vs family that are not sufficiently approached - extremely interesting food for thought and a wonderful trigger for post-movie discussion.

The good: brilliant performances by all actors, with my special preference going to Eve Saint (remember her with Marlon Brando way back?), Liam Aiken and Daniel Craig (in a small but highly accomplished role, as usual). Perez and Basinger are good at the lead, and I must say I was very surprised: not being a Basinger-fan, I was captivated by her portrait of Kiki.

All in all, recommended!
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2001
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This is a somewhat insipid film, based upon a true story. It tells the tale of Kuki Gallman (Kim Basinger), a somewhat immature woman in Italy who marries a man, Paolo (Vincent Perez), of whom she knows little. She and he, together with her young son, move to Africa, where they buy a large, run down ranch in Kenya.
Having moved there to make a new life, she finds that her new husband has wanderlust in his soul, as well as a lust for danger and excitement, and is not much of a homebody. She is pretty much left to run the ranch and the household herself, while worrying whether her husband will return home safely from his hunting excursions with his friends. As they adjust to their new life, however, they form a deep love for Africa. Over the years, a series of mishaps and personal tragedies befall her, none of which make her lose her abiding love for Africa, where she chose to remain, despite entreaties from her mother to return home to Italy.
Kim Basinger and Vincent Perez give competent performances, as does the supporting cast, given the material with which they have to work. The cinematography is wonderful. What is wrong with the picture is that it is shallow. One never really seems to care about the characters. Nothing is ever fully explored or fleshed out. The director touches on a number of significant themes, but all are passed over, as if deemed unimportant. Consequently, the movie just aimlessly meanders along, a pleasant, though unimportant, cinematic experience.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2002
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This is a somewht insipid film, based upon a true story. It tells the tale of Kuki Gallman, a somewhat immature woman in Italy who marries a man, Paolo, of whom she knows little. She and he, together with her young son, move to Africa, where they buy a large, rundown ranch in Kenya.
Having moved there to make a new life, she finds that her new husband has wanderlust in his soul, as well as a lust for danger and excitement, and is not much of a homebody. She is pretty much left to run the ranch and the household herself, while worrying whether her husband will return home safely from his hunting excursions with his friends. As they adjust to their new life, however, they form a deep love for Africa. Over the years, a series of mishaps and personal tragedies befall her, none of which make her lose her abiding love for Africa, where she chooses to remain, despite entreaties from her mother to return home to Italy.
The cinematography is wonderful. What is wrong with the film is that it is shallow and never fully engages the viewer. As a result, the viewer never really seems to care about the characters, despite the fact that Kim Basinger and Vincent Perez do all they can with the pallid script. Nothing is ever explored or fleshed out. The director touches on a number of themes, but all are passed over as if deemed unimportant. Consequently, the movie just aimlessly moves along, a pleasant, though unimportant, cinematic sojourn.
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I loved the book by Kuki Gallman, but was utterly bemused by this awful film! Kim Basinger, I feel, was totally miscast as the central character, and went into her usual 'mooning and pouting' at every conceivable opportunity. She appeared as a moody-teenager for most of the film, and there was a true lack of guts and a glossing-over of the feelings and depth portrayed by Kuki in her wonderful book.

Would not recommend this film at all, but WOULD recommend reading Kuki's story, as it was astounding and extremely moving.
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I come from the perspective of not having read the book, I first saw this film shown on TV, and both myself and my daughter enjoyed film as a standalone piece. I'm sure that those reviewing this from the stand point of having read the book had some expectations of what they expected from the film, and as is so often the case they fail to reach the standards they had hoped for. Truth is a two hour or thereabouts film has little chance of conveying all that's entailed in a book, from the thoughts of the people, to all the events; which are important, and which are not, or even how the people who read the books would perceive the characters to be or even look like.

Its a difficult task having read the book to divorce that from the film, but as a standalone piece it was enjoyable to watch, and all fell into place nicely. Nothing seemed implausible, and the cinematic views were stunning. So if you know nothing of the book then this may be worth giving a go, taste in film styles depending, this is a story piece similar to Wah-Wah [DVD] or films of that genre, however if you've read the book, then as you can see from some of the less favourable reviews, you may need to look at yourself first to decide whether or not you could ignore your expectations.
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