MOVIE: Little One

By admin
24 April 2013

Watch it if you want to see what violence can do to people.

Rated: 3/5

Human drama

With Lindiwe Ndlovu, Vuyelwa Msimang and Jonathan Taylor

Director: Darrell James Roodt

13PG

Opens 26 April

A little girl is assaulted by a violent brute and left for dead in the veld. She’s found by a woman who saves her life and eventually adopts her. But what happened to the little girl’s mother?

Director Darrell James Roodt showed with Yesterday (2004) he knows how to bring out the best in his actors. Thanks in part to his direction, Lindiwe Ndlovu recently won a best actress Safta for her role as the sympathetic mother. The movie speaks out about rape and the wave of violence affecting women in South Africa, but it’s also about humanity and how taking responsibility can change your life.

The film suffers from a few script weaknesses, such as the woman’s cruel husband who suddenly becomes soft-hearted and the biological mother who never goes looking for her daughter, and the ending is just too neat and thought-out. But as a statement about violence and a plea for humanity Little One deserves to be seen.

The scenes in which the little girl wears a bag over her head to hide her wounds is heartbreaking. This film, despite its faults, is inspiring and timely.

– LEON VAN NIEROP

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