Moffie ★★★

Overly familiar in some ways and evasive about the effects of apartheid on Black people, MOFFIE shows that war is hell in ways it learned from FULL METAL JACKET. It is also not exactly news that homophobia often goes hand in hand with repressed gayness and obvious homoeroticism. But Oliver Hermanus' direction brings out the ache in his images of the South African landscape, while the film makes intriguing use of water symbolism. MOFFIE shows a coming-of-age which is endured more than simply lived, in a world where political repression leads to emotional and sexual lockdown.

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