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  • Summary: Skin is one of the most moving stories to emerge from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds. (Elysian Films) Expand
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  1. 100
    This great film by Anthony Fabian tells this story through the eyes of a happy girl who grows into an outsider.
  2. Inherently dramatic but needed a stronger director than Anthony Fabian, who overdoes understatement.
  3. Director Anthony Fabian lets the story sell itself, and it does so partly on the strength of the lead performance by Sophie Okonedo.
  4. Ella Ramangwane gives a fine performance as the young Sandra.
  5. A little more variation in the script, though, might have yielded something truly great.
  6. Too many of the characters are either good or bad, and that loss of nuance is missed.
  7. 38
    It’s a fascinating story: part genetic mystery, part socio-racial tragedy. However, Laing’s life, despite its inherent melodrama, does not automatically lend itself to the screen.

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