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Life, Above All

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Oliver Schmitz

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About the Movie

Just after the death of her newly-born baby sister, Chanda, 12 years old, learns of a rumor that spreads like wildfire through her small, dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. It destroys her family and forces her mother to flee. Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 73
  • Fresh: 60
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Does something that few painful dramas accomplish: It tells a tale of resilience without platitudes about the triumph of the human spirit or without false promises about an unclouded future. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 14, 2011

Fresh: Manyaka gives the character a gaze so true it could only open hearts and minds. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jul 22, 2011

Fresh: Nicely splits the difference between ethnographic realism and melodramatic uplift. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 17, 2011

Rotten: The script groans beneath a mass of symbolic winking and declamatory exposition that has the unfortunate effect of turning the villagers into credulous simpletons, ready to blow with any wind that carries them. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Jul 15, 2011

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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