Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beyond the Gates

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/09/07
performer
Hugh Dancy, John Hurt
director
Michael Caton-Jones
author
David Wolstencroft
genre
Drama

We gave it an B+

The Rwandan genocide of 1994 that left nearly a million Tutsi slaughtered surely deserves another good telling even after Hotel Rwanda and Sometimes in April. And Beyond the Gates, with its lack of sentimentality, its tough criticism of U.N. inaction, and its cast and crew filled out with real survivors, does nicely. John Hurt is magnetic as a Catholic priest running a school where terrified Tutsi have taken refuge, while Hugh Dancy, as a naive teacher, represents white commitment to black Africa at its most impotent and unreliable. Stay for the credits; the coda is powerful.

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