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The Quarry

Somewhere in South Africa, fate tempts a man already wanted for an unspecified crime (John Lynch) to kill a minister on the way to a new post in an isolated town. He assumes the minister's identity and works hard, leading humbly impassioned services that inspire the tiny congregation. When the real minister's body is discovered, a marijuana grower imprisoned for stealing his robe arouses the suspicion of the local police captain. The exacting compositions and art direction in this symbolic drama are abstractly poignant, but the story's ironies are overwrought and made even sillier by dialogue that simply restates obvious plot elements. Written and directed by Marion Hansel, based on a novel by Damon Galgut; with Oscar Petersen, Jonny Phillips, Sylvia Esau, Jody Abrahams, and Serge-Henri Valcke. 112 min.

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