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Skin

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United Kingdom, South Africa
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2009

Rated PG-13 · 1h 47m

Director Anthony Fabian
Starring Sophie Okonedo, Alice Krige, Sam Neill, Terri Ann Eckstein
Genre Drama
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Skin is based on the true story of Sandra Laing, a South African woman born during Apartheid. Sandra, despite being born to two white parents, appears to be mixed-race, and is classified as "colored" by the South African government. This biographical drama follows her as she struggles with her identity and faces racism in a deeply segregated society.

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Time Out by

The story is too rich in incident for Fabian, whose episodic TV-movie approach speeds through Laing’s lifetime of abuse.
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The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Alas, Mr. Fabian, directing his first feature-length fiction film, uses a club whenever a feather would do. He also mishandles the actors, in particular Mr. Neill and Ms. Okonedo, both of whom have been incomparably better elsewhere.