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Country: SOUTH AFRICA, UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 103 minutes
Set in 1981 South Africa, MOFFIE takes its title from the vicious, anti-gay Afrikaans slur flung liberally in this bracing Apartheid-era military drama. An unflinching camera hovers closely to the inscrutable face of Nicholas van der Swart—a young, deeply-closeted conscript doing his compulsory two-year service—who receives cold advice from a fellow comrade: “Do whatever you can to stay invisible.” Masterfully directed, the filmmaking is muscular and dynamic, with furious testosterone coursing through its tense veins, amassing itself into a brute look at institutionalized homophobia and psychological violence. An undeniably claustrophobic experience, the film still manages to elegantly reveal small, fleeting moments of beauty and silent romance through its exceptional technical achievement and the tender, aching performance at its heart. Although set nearly 40 years in the past, the story’s incisive look at toxic masculinity and systemic oppression still rings true today. MOFFIE zeroes in on these timely themes and fearlessly confronts them with rage and courage. (In English and Afrikaans with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:20 PM ET
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8:25 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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