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Sometimes in April back to product details

written by talltale May 12, 2005 - 10:00 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Raoul Peck's SOMETIMES IN APRIL is another version of the Rwanda massacre and one that is much more graphic than last year's "Hotel Rwanda." Even so, it comes nowhere near the horror of the actual event. Although the slaughter is heavier than that in the earlier movie, murder by machete (which was the rule rather than the exception) is not shown. The addition of graphic violence does not make this version any better. It is, if anything, less incisive, due to heavy hopping back and forth from past to present--in the process repeating things that we already know. Choirs sing out beautifully, mournfully (and quite hollowly) during certain scenes. This is by now such as cliché as to be almost insulting. (Even the movie's title carries a little too much sentimentality.)

Simply attempting to encompass a story this terrible is praiseworthy. Performances are fine, and the film is often quite difficult to watch. At the end, however, I doubt that many of us will have learned much we did not know already--or could not imagine--if we followed these events when they were current. Earlier this year Harper's magazine ran a transcript of interviews with some of the perpetrators that was infinitely more shocking and will probably remain burnt into my memory longer than either of these films.


(Average 7.00)
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