Life, Above All Synopsis
A South African girl (Khomotso Manyaka) fights prejudice against her family.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film's ending is improbably upbeat: Magic realism, in a sense. It works as a deliverance. Dennis Foon's screenplay is based on the...
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75

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
Whatever the grownups say, Manyaka's Chanda is the one person in this village who understands how simple things really are, that it really...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
In such a bleak story, the redemptive ending seems rushed and unconvincing, but director Oliver Schmitz has sent us a timely dispatch from...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
To a Western audience, the movie may at times feel pat, cooked up, wishful beyond realistic measure. But we're not the ones who need to see...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
What matters most in this sad, sobering movie is not what anyone says; it's what goes unsaid for most of the running time.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is a modest film, and an affecting one.
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60

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
The scenes between the young actresses are the film's most compelling: Both first-timers, Manamela and Makanyane are possessed of...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Oliver Schmitz's rhythms take a while to ease into, and admittedly, there is never a bright moment.
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50

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The script groans beneath a mass of symbolic winking and declamatory exposition that has the unfortunate effect of turning the villagers...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Natasha Senjanovic
Its schematic structure oversimplifies the drama, despite an interesting, mostly debut cast. It seems better suited for the small screen.
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Rated PG-13 | For Some sexual content and mature thematic material