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Munyurangabo

Orphaned by Rwanda's genocide, young Ngabo (Jeff Rutagengwa), a Tutsi, sets off to mete out rough justice with his Hutu friend Sangwa (Eric Ndorunkundiye) in this earnest drama, which netted director Lee Isaac Chung an Independent Spirit Awards nod. Packing a stolen machete, the boys leave the city of Kigali and head to Ngabo's rural village. Along the way, they stop at Sangwa's parents' home -- where their tribal differences soon come to a head.
Netflix Rating: 3.0
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 95   Audience score: 62   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Munyurangabo may be a simple film with a straightforward message, but the details and conflicts Chung captures give it a reality that cannot be denied. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Without proselytizing, what's left in this machetes-to-ploughshares tale is, unexpectedly, a powerfully Christian film. full review

Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice

It is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film -- a masterpiece. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Munyurangabo uses the fine-grained techniques of cinematic neorealism to illuminate the psychological and emotional landscape of a still-traumatized place.

A.O. Scott, New York Times

It's raw and rough, but beautifully photographed and classically constructed, with an undercurrent of awful tension and a lyrical sensibility. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

Munyurangabo, a simple, naturalistic parable about a journey to the countryside by two young men, reflects on the chances of peace and reconciliation for survivors of Rwanda's bloody recent past. full review

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
full review by Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
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