Five Fingers for Marseilles

Cine 1 - 11/04/2018 18:30

They were five innocent kids, living in a township stuck to the city of Marseilles (South Africa). Fed up with police oppression in the middle of Apartheid, they had daily a hard time and defended themselves with harmless slingshots. Until the fatal day when one of them took a weapon and sent two white cops six feet underground. His name was Tau and nobody has ever seen him since… Twenty years later, Tau is back in town. Incognito. Keeping a very low profile. His friends are still there, they became mayor, cop and priest. The fifth one is at the cemetery. Nobody forgot what Tau did and nobody forgave him either. The city has changed, however: Even after the dreadful white colonialists have left the place, corruption is still well established and Ghost, the new self-proclaimed sheriff, has put everyone on a regime of terror… Tau only seeks the calm and redemption of his friends. Over the last twenty years, he has piled up enough bullshit, not only to fill an entire prison but also to receive a nickname that shudders the entire country: the “Lion of Marseilles”. And nobody wants to wake the beast…

A clear tribute to classical westerns, Five Fingers for Marseilles transposes Sergio Leone’s mythical universe in post-colonial South Africa with its majestic landscapes. Cheeky for a first film, Michael Matthews can be proud of his work: complete immersion in the field, archetypes very present, polished plans that are waiting to hear a fragment of a harmonica to enter the legend; this modern version of the lonely cowboy is made in the image of The A-Team with Stetsons, where everyone would like that the plan unfolds without a hitch!

Genre(s) Western
Premiere Belgian Premiere
Country South Africa
Audience CNA
Audio English, Sesotho
Subtitles Dutch, English, French
Director Michael Matthews
Cast Hamilton Dhlamini, Kenneth Nkosi, Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo
Running time 120'


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