Bad, bad, bad. Mediocre acting. Poor casting. Mediocre script; and in particular... unconvincing motivation of characters, leading to a multitude of questions like why did a particular character take one action instead of a different, and more logical action? Very little that anyone does in this story makes sense, apart from the actions of Melanie's parents and the College administrators. It is not convincing that Melanie would have anything to do with the rather repulsive college professor. (spoiler) I'm not convinced of Lurie's supposed reformation; to my eyes it is either meant to be fake or it's bad acting. (spoiler) I've not read the book, but I don't think I should have to; a filmed version of a book should be able to stand on its own. If it is necessary then the film has failed. Supposedly an allegory, but surely the point of an allegory is that a seemingly different story/circumstance can give insight into another, but when the allegory is as confused as this, then it just does not work on any level.
After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.
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April 9, 2019