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The Interpreter 2005

  • Sydney Pollack
  • April 22, 2005
  • 128 mins
  • English
  • Action
The truth needs no translation.
A thriller about an interpreter who has overheard plans of an assassination at United Nations headquarters. An American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate as Silvia Broome, the interpreter, is in danger of being killed by the assassins.


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" kepéla "
It means standing on opposite sides of the river.

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Everyone who loses somebody wants revenge on someone, on God if they can't find anyone else. But in Africa, in Matobo,
the " Ku " believe that the only way to end grief is to save a life.
If someone is murdered, a year of mourning ends with a ritual that we call the Drowning Man Trial.
There's an all-night party beside a river. At dawn, the killer is put in a boat. He's taken out on the water and he's dropped. He's bound so that he can't swim.
The family of the dead then has to make a choice.
They can let him drown or they can swim out and save him.
The " Ku " believe that if the family lets the killer drown, they'll have justice but spend the rest of their lives in mourning.
But if they save him, if they admit that life isn't always justice, that very act can take away their sorrow.

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Great acting by Kidman and Penn. A nice thriller about a fake assassination of an African dictator who wants to secure the hold over his country.

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