Sunday, July 3, 2016

Born to Win 2014

     This film is based on the true story of Leon Terblance.  He was a teacher at a school for disabled children.  As a child he lived with his mother and stepfather until they couldn’t take the abuse of the stepfather/husband anymore.  They left and went to live with his mother’s first husband.  They were doing very well but his mother decided to return to the abusive husband.  His father was very upset and he decided to leave too.  The housekeeper took Leon to live with her and he became good friends with her son.  Police officers came to take him away because this was in South Africa and white people were not allowed to live in a black neighborhood.  Leon married and had a daughter but he never felt worthy of them.
     This film had a lot of promise but it seems to hit you over the head with the message instead of letting the story win you over.  Some of the dialog is slightly difficult to understand with the strong accents of the actors.  2 ½* (This movie is OK)

104 min, Drama directed by Frans Conje, with Annalize Adams, Merline Balie, Russell Barends, Nadia Beukes, Dumisa Bizani, Lafras Boesak.

Note:  Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 67% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 49 reviews.

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