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Nowhere in Africa [DVD Boxset] [Special Edition]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Fleeing Nazi Germany, many Jewish families found that a new life was as difficult as any hardship they had previously known. This German drama, based on a book by Stephanie Zweig, tells of one family's struggle as Walter Redlich (Merab Ninidze), his wife Jettel (Juliane Kohler), and their young daughter Regina (Karoline Eckertz) flee Germany for British occupied Nairobi. Walter is hired as the bwana (caretaker) on a ranch, assisted by a native Owuor (Sidede Onyulo). Walter and Jettel's marriage becomes strained under the difficult conditions, and when the British Army assembles all Germans into camps, the couple barely communicate with one another. Jettel has an affair with a British officer that allows the family to be released to tend another farm, earning just enough to send Regina (now played by teenage Lea Kurka) to school. The end of World War II forces the family to make the difficult decision whether to return to their homeland or continue to live in their new African home where they have raised their daughter, learned tolerance, and most importantly, survived. Caroline Link's absorbing drama won five German film awards and was nominated for Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

    Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2002

  • Credits
    Juliane Khler, Juliane Kohler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo, Karoline Eckertz, Lea Kurka
  • Critic Reviews
    "...It succeeds because the relationships all seem complex and truthful..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...[A] leisurely warmhearted chronicle....Its journey is consistently absorbing..."
    New York Times

    "...Entertaining, accomplished..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A crowd pleaser..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Bolstered by the cast's consistently fine performances, NOWHERE IN AFRICA packs a hefty emotional punch..."
    Box Office

    Total Film

    "...An emotionally complex scenario laced with poignancy and conflict, urgency and compassion. This is an intelligent epic told without special pleading, a film able to cut deep enough to reveal a keen specificity of experience..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Compelling....This is one of the best films about a person coming to the viewpoint of another..."
    USA Today

    "...The strong narrative develops unforgettable characters..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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