Monday, June 13, 2016

A Dry White Season

When his gardener's son is beaten by police and imprisoned, followed by the gardener himself mysteriously disappearing, a school teacher (Donald Sutherland) can no longer turn a blind eye to the prejudicial legal system in Apartheid governed South Africa. Topical in its time, message movie drawn from Andre Brink's novel really lays it on thick while indelicately drives home its point. Sutherland is unconvincing as an incensed South African and Susan Sarandon is underused playing his wife. Worth watching for Marlon Brando's minor role as an irascible but impassioned attorney.