Released 1985 (USA)
American, in English (small amounts of Swahili, both translated and not)
Director – Sydney Pollack
Stars – Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
After marrying Swedish baron Bror Blixen (Brandauer) for convenience, Danish woman Karen (Streep) and her new husband settle in Kenya, where they start a coffee plantation while Karen slowly falls in love with an American, Denys (Redford). Set during the early 20th century & based on a true story.
Very brief female nudity (breasts) – blink and you’ll miss it; violence toward animals.
It’s too long (2 hours, 40 minutes). I started getting bored around hour two. I swear, it’s like the Academy thinks that only ridiculously long movies are good, but all of my favorites have been amongst the shorter ones.
It annoyed me that Denys was always conveniently there whenever Karen needed him. About to get eaten by a lady lion? Fortunately, Denys will appear out of nowhere to save you. Lost in the desert? Good thing Denys just happens by to give you a compass. It increased my awareness that I was watching a movie, which made it more difficult to get lost in it.
I guess that, in the 80s, they were pretty fond of movies about life in general, movies where nothing terribly exciting happens. For me, it’s growing a little old. I’m sort of looking forward to the explosions that I know will occur in my next movie.
The cinematography is gorgeous.
It’s nice to not only see a strong female character, but to actually have her as the lead. That has been very rare.
Once again, we have a movie where characters behave like adults in difficult situations. I really liked that.
It’s okay. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I wouldn’t put it on my favorites list either. It wasn’t as boring as some of the other winners. I think the beautiful scenery, and the fact that the story had exotic elements because of its setting, offset some of the tedium. However, I won’t be recommending it to anyone, unless they tell me that they just love movies about Africa.
I give the movie 3.25 stars.