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WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS   112 min.  NR

CAST

Mark Rylance     Johnny Depp      Robert Pattinson       Gana Bayarsaikhan     Greta Scacchi

SYNOPSIS :

The Magistrate of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll, whose task it is to report on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire.

WRITTEN BY: J.M. Coetzee
DIRECTOR: Ciro Guerra

Set in the 19th century in an unnamed Asian frontier post, this story describes how imperialism and colonialism disrupts the lives of ordinary people. Mark Rylance is the magistrate of a peaceful settlement where the biggest crime is a pig invading a neighbour's garden brilliantly acting an excellent script based in a prize winning novel,. Johnny Depp is the sinister policeman from the capital who suspects a rebellion and uses torture to get "confessions" A young nomadic girl who is a victim is befriended by the magistrate. The story is well told and the scenery spectacular- deserts and mountains. What is very well done by this film set in the past is that the methods of the policeman, the attitude of the empire , and the whole issue or race and occupation are as relevant today , and this is an allegory of what is happening in the Middle East, the Congo and elsewhere at this very moment.