Moffie is the new historical drama about gay men in the military which has been called a “masterpiece".
According to ‘Gay Times’, Moffie tells the story of Nicholas Van Der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer), a young in-the-closet gay man drafted into the South African military in the early 1980’s. Because of the country’s strong anti-gay sentiment, he is forced to keep his queer identity a secret. But after he develops an intimate relationship with one of his fellow recruits Stassen (Ryan de Villiers), he finds himself in danger.
The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim.
Variety called it “scarringly brilliant” and a “masterpiece”.
The Guardian praised Hermanu’s direction, saying “he’s able to turn his attention to the visceral sadism of the South African National Defence Force, critiquing the emotional and physical toll of such a toxic regime.”
In a four-star review, The Telegraph said the film “does such a thought-through, empathetic, and powerful job of exploring homophobia as part of a root-and-branch mentality in South Africa’s white patriarchal psyche.”
Moffie was released last week (24 April) on Curzon Home Cinema for £11.99 (discount is available for members).
Watch the first official UK trailer below:
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