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Beyond the Gates

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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 a 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.