U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (Carmen in Khayelitsha)

I have to admit that I have never watched a movie from South Africa. This film is the first South African movie I have ever watched and I just loved it. In fact, the judges at the 55th Berlin Film Festival might think in the same way as I did (or vice versa,) because this movie won the Golden Bear at the film festival in 2005. It is the first movie from South Africa to be honored with this highly respectful award.

I guess what made this movie stood out from its competitors at the film festival is the creativity and originality of the director and producer, Mark Dornford-May. He adapted a tragedy story of "Carmen," one of the most beloved opera created by Georges Bizet since 1875, from the 18th century European setting to the present day of Khayelitsha, one of South Africa’s largest townships. The movie actually goes beyond anyone’s imagination by combining a classical opera, which the ensemble of the cast actually performs, with a story in the movie. The original lyrics are translated into "Xhosa" language, one of the native languages of the country, and mixed with traditional songs. Even though I didn’t understand a word of the so-called "Xhosa" language, I could still enjoy the movie through a powerful performance and wonderful music. I guess it’s true to say that music is a universal language. You don’t have to understand the lyrics to enjoy a beautiful melody and tune. In fact, the leading actress Pauline Malefane, who starred as "Carmen" in this film, is an opera singer and she’s got an incredibly powerful and beautiful voice. The rest of the cast members also belong to the opera house in their home country. That’s why a movie that sings opera could actually come to live on the screen.

5 Stars out of 5 – Having an idea to make this movie is incredible. Making it possible is more incredible. Making it perfect is the most incredible but it did happen. This is enough for a reason to watch this movie.

5 Responses to U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (Carmen in Khayelitsha)

  1. Jaja says:

    Sawasdee ka,
    I\’m Jaja and am thai too. Great to see ur space updated in English
    as same as mine.
    I dont often watch movie.

  2. Little says:

    อ่า….มีเรื่องใหม่มาอีกและ ช่างสรรหาจิงๆเชียว

  3. Jantipa says:

    Hi Sunny!
    This is Micchi from Michael\’s board. Do I have to write the comment in English aswel? -__-" I\’ll write it down in English anyway.
    I have never watched South African movie either. But if I have any chance to watch this movie or get some South African movies, I will certainly watch this movie as you recommended. ^^ Because the kind of movies I love to watch most is musical or any movie that sings opera ^__^
    Alright, nice to see you here and in Michael\’s board. I actually don\’t know much about movies. I just watch them for enjoyment. -__-" Jaa ne~* ^^

  4. Pan says:

    watashino blog ni kite .. arigatou ^^
    aa … nihongode komento kakitaidesukedo nanka .. konopasokonniwa fonto ga nai kara .. romanjide kakimasu .. yomerukanaika ittekudasaine ^___^
    hai hai .. wakarimashita ^^
    keredomo, watashinodigikamewo nakushichatta T___T
    Michaelto ippai shashintoritainkedo .. T___T Doushiyou!!!
    Sunnysanno nihongowa sugoku umaidesune!! nanka .. benkyouhajimetabakaritte .. sonnanikakete .. majide bikkurishita o.O .. SUGOI~~~~~  kanpekidattayo..
    ตกจายมากๆเลยค่ะ ภาษาญี่ปุ่นคุณซันนี่ … ดีมากกกกกกๆ ถ้าเทียบกะคนที่พึ่งเริ่มเรียนภาษาญี่ปุ่น เห่อๆ .. พอดีเครื่องที่ใช้ตอนนี้ไม่มีฟ้อนญี่ปุ่นนะคะ เลยเขียนเป็นโรมันจิแทน หวังว่าคงพออ่านออกนะคะ

  5. Songphon says:

    ロマン字が分かりました。 コメントしてくれてありがとうございました。
    また ぜひ こちらへ遊びに来てくださいね。

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