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Tsotsi ★★★½ 2005 (R)

Young Tsotsi and his gang of urban thugs pillage their shantytownturf outside Johannesburg, South Africa. After stealing a BMW from a wealthy black woman, Tsotsi discovers he's also nabbed her infant son in the backseat. The child's affect on this criminal becomes the centerpiece and eventual redemption behind the story. Unpredictable, violent, and compassionate. Director Gavin Hood constructs a world foreign to most Western audiences, in every sense of the word. 94m/C DVD . Kenneth Nkosi, Zenzo Ngqobe, Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Percy Matsemela, Benny Moshe, Benny Moshe, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Rapulana Seiphemo, Ian Roberts, Jerry Mofokeng; D: Gavin Hood; W: Gavin Hood; C: Lance Gewer; M: Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker. Oscars ‘05: Foreign Film.