Guy Lodge

Critic

UK

Guy Lodge is the chief UK film critic for Variety, while his work also appears in such outlets as Time Out and Empire.

The Harvesters/Die Stropers

Date: 14 May 2018 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
“Afrikaners is plesierig, dit can julle glo (Afrikaners are fun, that you can believe),” runs the chorus of the rustiest chestnut in Afrikaans folk music. It isn’t heard, much less proven, in “The Harvesters,” South African writer-director Etienne Kallos’ muscular, mood-rich debut feature. Unusual within the annals of its national cinema for its searching examination of the country’s once-dominant, now-dwindling white Afrikaner popu ...

Breathe Umphefumlo (Musical)

Date: 08 Feb 2015 Category: TV/Film
6.0 Rating
Ten years after “U-Carmen eKhayelitsha,” the Isango Ensemble’s vibrant South African spin on Georges Bizet, triumphed at the Berlinale, their return to the classic opera canon is a more muted affair all around. Revisiting the impoverished Cape Flats, “Breathe Umphefumlo” smartly situates Puccini’s “La Boheme” in the context of the country’s still-raging tuberculosis pandemic, but can’t quite make it ...

Inxeba (The Wound)

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
Ever more generously represented on the festival circuit, the coming-of-age drama has developed as clearly inscribed a template as any genre in the contemporary filmmaker’s playbook — growing up, after all, is only surprising to those who haven’t yet done it. So it’s to the credit of “The Wound,” a stark, stirring variation on the form from a little-filmed corner of South Africa, that it should prompt at least one outright gasp as it ...