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The Wound (Inxeba) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Wound uses its complex, timely story as effective grist for a thought-provoking exploration of the human dynamic.

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Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

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A stunning debut from South African filmmaker John Trengove,

September 25, 2018 | Full Review…

A flawless exploration of male identity [...] featuring some standout performances.

April 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Coming of age" is usually a syrupy Hollywood genre, and it's bracing to find it given such an unsentimental expression - and to see that it applies not only to adolescents, but to adults, too.

April 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Touré shines as the repressed Xolani in a film that refuses to deal with the purely superficial.

April 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The ongoing taboo around homosexuality in South Africa gives a fierce charge to the story, and Trengrove never settles for easy ways out.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Its fraught sexual politics apart, The Wound is fascinating in its insights into Xhosa culture.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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