Written and directed by Avie Luthra, the South African drama Lucky about an orphan 10-year old boy who finds refuge with an old prejudiced Indian woman after his mother dies from AIDS, was profiled on the site back in September when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It seems to have been well-received by critics; BBC called it, “a simple but profoundly moving portrait of humanity”…”a wonderful, little gem;” while a review by Variety calls it, “an emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa…delicate and real…extraordinarily touching.”
Here’s the full synopsis:
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for the big city with the hope of going to school, he arrives on the doorstep of an uncle who has no use for him. Lucky falls in with an elderly Indian woman with a pathological fear of Africans, who takes him in as she would a stray dog. Together, unable to speak each other’s language, they develop an unlikely bond. Through an odyssey marked by greed, violence, and ultimately, belonging, LUCKY shows how a child’s spirit can bring out decency, humility and even love in adults struggling to survive in the new South Africa.
The film was screened in front of an audience of a thousand at the Bangaluru International Film Festival in India last Wednesday night; and it was received with a standing ovation according to the film’s Facebook page. The film is currently seeking distribution. We will definitely post any updates on the film’s release as soon as they become available.
But for now, watch the following three clips below; the first shows Lucky leaving his Zulu village after his mother dies of AIDS complications; the second shows Lucky thrown out of his uncle’s home, and, in the third clip, Lucky is taken in by Padma, the prejuduced old Indian woman. You will also find the trailer below the clips.