16 August 2014

Die Weisse Massai

Die Weisse Massai 2005
  • Director: Hermine Huntgeburth
  • Based on the memoir by Corinne Hofman
  • Cast: Nina Hoss, Jacky Ido and many more I know nothing about
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Jacky Ido – Inglourious Basterds
  • Why? Second film in a double DVD with Ladies in Lavender, which is the one we wanted
  • Seen:  August 3, 2014
Love at first sight and a jealous boyfriend. The stuff of romance novels. It gets a bit more complicated than that. She’s a blonde European visiting Africa and he’s a Masai.
It’s not as romantic as she (or possibly the viewer) expects but off she goes into a completely alien world in which gender roles are... ah...not quite what she’s used to.  But she’s a most intrepid young woman and she doesn’t give up easily.
With a little give and take. Against all odds. Opposites attract. Back to nature, flies and all. Noble savage (handsome, certainly). Culture clash. Ivory and ebony.  The clichés hover. Most of all – love conquers all.
Only of course it doesn’t.
It’s a fascinating story and well told.  Better than expected.

4 * of 5

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