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Top Movies of the Decade #90

90. Tsotsi

tsotsi “Tsotsi” is a movie about grace, as Flannery O’Connor would define it.   It concerns a slum gangster (“Totsi” means “thug”)  who accidentally steals a car with a baby inside of it; what happens next changes his life.   And that makes it sound like Hallmark channel material, which it emphatically isn’t.  It’s a story of redemption, told with restraint and a vivid sense of character and setting.    “Tsotsi” is proof that it’s possible to tell stories “with a message” without sacrificing respectability and craft.   Anyone interested in making movies on religious topics: watch “Tsotsi” first, and take notes.

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