The list of moralistic movies representing the legacy of apartheid as a white
man's burden needn't get any longer, but Boorman's tale of two reporters
covering South Africa's "Truth and Reconciliation" trials asserts itself as
something other than your usual safari of liberal guilt. While Boorman's methods
aren't revolutionary—the antiapartheid narrative is still filtered through a
love story with marquee stars—the balance of perspectives on the nation's period
of healing adds resonance (if occasional earnestness) to a topic often boiled
down to reductionist tragedy-by-numbers.