Tsotsi | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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A murderous little punk from a Johannesburg slum pulls off a carjacking only to discover an infant in the backseat; instead of ditching the baby he impulsively makes off with it, and the experience of caring for someone so helpless reawakens his humanity. Adapted from a novel by Athol Fugard, this powerful South African drama turns on the debut performance of young Presley Chweneyagae as the hood, and it's magnificent: a stone-faced killer in the opening scenes, he becomes an open book as the story progresses, as frightened, confused, and needy as the baby he drags around town in a shopping bag. Gavin Hood directed this 2005 feature, which just picked up an Oscar for best foreign film. In Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans with subtitles. R, 94 min. Century 12 and CineArts 6, Landmark's Century Centre.

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