Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche
Everyone’s idea of truth is different, but there are certain truths so large and terrible that their meaning is inescapable. Two journalists, one a white South African (Binoche) and the other a black American (Jackson), learn that lesson while covering the 1996 reconciliation hearings in South Africa. Those proceedings revealed the horrific extent of government-sanctioned torture during the brutal apartheid regime. As Binoche’s and Jackson’s characters come to grips with the country’s blood-soaked legacy, they also must confront their own prejudices about—and growing feelings for—each other.
In My Country, directed by John Boorman (The Tailor of Panama), is a worthy effort that never quite jells. Binoche and Jackson both give intelligent, impassioned performances, but too often the movie seems to use the hearings merely as a background for their romance. (R)