in about 100 words or less
US 161m, Colour
Director: Sydney Pollack; Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Shane Rimmer, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui
Out of Africa is an epic story of romance and adventure that is loosely based on Karen Blixen’s 1937 autobiography of the same name. Reminiscing about her life in the former colony of British East Africa, this is the story of a lonely woman’s experiences while running a coffee plantation in a marriage of convenience as the wife of a philandering husband. Though Pollack finds a balance between a romanticized past and a critique the colonial period, the heart of this film is found in its prominent portrayal of the majesty of Kenya’s landscapes and wildlife (Klaus Ming September 2016).