February 15, 2008, Category: Movie Reviews

Nowhere in Africa

nowhere in africaIf you don’t sprechen deutsch prepare to read subtitles. It’s also long (2 1/2 hours) but, to it’s credit, I didn’t even realize that until it was over and I saw the time. It’s well done, I can see why it won an Oscar.

I can’t imagine having to escape from my country and start a new life in a hard new land…walking away from wealth and privilege to work on a farm. It’s something that I find myself sometimes wishing would happen to me. It would have to happen to me cause I doubt I’d ever do on my own. But something like that would be good for me.

Life is full of hard knocks. I learn through trial and mistakes. But rough times are not fun so when I watch people struggle in relationships, make poor choices, and push through their trials, I’d like to think that maybe I’m learning something from them. I’d rather learn from their mistakes than have to make them myself. As I experience heartache, anger, and frustration during a movie like this…maybe I’m growing a little bit. Maybe I’ll understand people a little bit better. Maybe I won’t be so judgmental. Maybe I’ll be a better person. With the amount of emotion this film pulled out of me, I have to think so.

There were a few points in this movie I was disgusted. It’s too easy for me to judge people sometimes and some of the choices they made and the things they said pushed my buttons. But I liked the characters and I didn’t want to be angry at them, so I had to let myself understand and empathize with them. Which wasn’t easy because some of the topics are ones that haunt me from my own life. But then, that’s why they pushed my buttons in the first place.

In the end, I resolved my issues with the characters. I certainly can appreciate that life is hard and we all do what we feel we have to in order to survive. We all hurt and feel pain and just want to be happy. Well, most people I know want happiness. Being torn from my home and family, thrust into a the middle of Africa, and then hearing the horrors that befell my loved ones left behind would wring out the best and worst in me. This was a very sweet movie and helped me forget about all of the stupid things I stress about…at least for a little while.

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2 thoughts on “Nowhere in Africa

  • By Grandma - Reply

    Maybe I’ll have to watch it then … Do I wait until I’m in a good mood or hurry and watch it when I’m already down?

  • By Warren - Reply

    It’s sad at times, but I don’t think it’s a sad movie necessarily…just a lot of emotion. It won’t leave you feeling crappy. My reactions were only because of my past and probably unusual compared to most. But either way, it’s a good show about people struggling through difficult times.

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