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Five Fingers for Marseilles

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South Africa · 2018
2h 1m
Director Michael Matthews
Starring Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo, Hamilton Dhlamini, Kenneth Nkosi
Genre Drama

Years ago, the young Five Fingers fought for the rural town of Marseilles against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, Tau returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it.

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Paste Magazine by Andrew Crump

The film’s vistas are beautiful and Matthews’s aim, high, but those aspirations are not fully realized in what feels like a first draft attempt at brushing Western customs with textures drawn from a South African palette.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Five Fingers of Marseilles is simultaneously familiar and unique. As befits a film set in an isolated corner of the pre-and-post-Apartheid country, the movie incorporates its contemporaneous circumstances into the plot.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Everything you want from a western thematically is present with arch stereotypes of good and evil prevalent but never detrimental to the characters.


Variety by Joe Leydon

Five Fingers for Marseilles turns out to be an impressively effective and engrossing cross-cultural hybrid that has a great deal more than novelty value going for it.


Slant Magazine by Josh Wise

What happens in this neo-western isn't dictated by the tried and true themes of classic westerns but by the films themselves.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Crust

The ending is both shocking and inevitable. Drummond and Matthews honor the western traditions, classic, spaghetti and revisionist, while creating something stylishly original steeped in the seldom-seen rural and tribal cultures of South Africa.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Five Fingers for Marseilles is a modern day Western, a tale of revolutionary South Africa and its aftermath, a world of blood, revenge, “stepping in” to right a great wrong, and fighting back. It’s a Sotho “Shane,” brutally beautiful and iconic, fraught with symbolism, harrowing in its violence and its consequences.


The New York Times by Teo Bugbee

In stylish and entertaining fashion, Five Fingers for Marseilles looks over the South African countryside and finds fresh vistas for the western genre.

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