Mine boy
South Africa, 1980, 72 minutes
Mine boy Synopsis

After his father passes away, Xuma heads for the city in search of work to be able to support his family back home. Here, he is introduced to Stella, a middle-aged woman who runs an illegal shabeen and who offers him a place to stay after he finds employment at a nearby mining plant.

Xuma is introduced to Stella’s niece, Pinkie, and the pair hit it off almost immediately. But when Pienkie falls pregnant and tragically dies during the complicated procedure of having an abortion, Xuma is shattered.

Blaming himself for her death, he decides to leave the city and return home to his family instead.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
I was rather confused with the way scenes unfold one by one. Viewers tend to feel distanced or experience lack of sympathy for the lead character Xuma, maybe because for... more
I was rather confused with the way scenes unfold one by one. Viewers tend to feel distanced or experience lack of sympathy for the lead character Xuma, maybe because for one he was a weed user and for someone responsible enough, who thinks of his family back home, then it shouldn't be a priority.  Some of the characters were a bit queer but on the other hand, Stella the woman who runs a shabeen, stood out where it concerns acting portrayal. She seems a natural and wasn't conscious of the camera. All in all, I felt the story was quite shallow at some point. 
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Reviewed by sharonmae
The lead actor Xuma is quite a contrast where it concerns his character. He knows he impregnated Pinky, a prostitute, who only sleeps with him when he has money, but... more
The lead actor Xuma is quite a contrast where it concerns his character. He knows he impregnated Pinky, a prostitute, who only sleeps with him when he has money, but still he wants to support the child. Pinky wants to abort the baby though but Xuma is adamant, because according to him it's a sin in the eyes of the Lord. For me, this is one admirable quality of Xuma, inspite of his weed-puffing ways. Though characterization was quite well-established the performances were not so convincing, even the actor who played Xuma has his awkward moments, save for Stella, the middle-aged woman who owns the illegal pub house. My, how well she dances! The film tackles the easy go lucky and weed-smoking ways of African urban folks and how it has in a way changed Xuma,  the village boy who ventured into the city. Also, the topic of abortion was depicted here including the ill-effects that it can cause. I'd have to say the "abortion scene" was a compelling and eye-opening scene in this film, which led to a tragedy.  All in all, the movie also gave viewers snippets on African culture especially in terms of songs and dances. 
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  • got quite bored while watching this, maybe because the acting portrayals lacked depth.

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