World Cinema


  • Description
  • In an unusual mix of realism and whimsy,

    this masterful South African drama takes

    an inspired approach to the question of

    prejudice in small town communities. The

    once-normal McDonald family is now

    isolated and nine-year-old Willem has

    stopped talking. When a circus train full

    of animals is left behind at the town

    railway station, the McDonald's lives

    change as Willem begins a secret

    friendship with a clown who has stayed


    PAUAS takes its title from the word for

    "magic," in the sense of making things

    right. It is this rough allegory for the state

    of South Africa as a country that makes

    this poetic movie (the country's

    submission for last year's foreign film

    Oscar) not only prescient, but humane.

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    Distant Horizon

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