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Tsotsi is a film written and directed by Gavin Hood and produced by Peter Fudakowski. Set in an Alexandra slum , in Johannesburg , South Africa, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat. In , it was unofficially remade in Tamil language as Yogi. Since his mother is dying of a terminal disease, David Benny Moshe runs away from an abusive father and lives with other homeless children in a series of large concrete construction pipes.
After getting involved in a murder committed by Butcher during a mugging, Tsotsi and Boston get into a fight which leaves Boston badly injured. Tsotsi later shoots Pumla Nambitha Mpumlwana , a young woman, while stealing her car , only to discover a three-month-old baby boy in the back seat. Tsotsi hastily strips the car of its valuables and takes the baby back to his shack.
Pumla survives the attack and works with a police artist to create a composite sketch of Tsotsi's face, which is then run in the newspapers. Realizing that he cannot properly care for the baby on his own, Tsotsi spots Miriam Terry Pheto , with a young child strapped to her back, collecting water from a public tap.
He follows her to her shack and forces her at gunpoint to feed the kidnapped child. Meanwhile, rich gang leader Fela Zola begins attempting to recruit Aap, Boston and Butcher to work for him. When Tsotsi takes the child to Miriam a second time, she asks him to leave the boy with her so that she can care for him on Tsotsi's behalf, and Tsotsi agrees.
Tsotsi decides to take care of the injured Boston, and has Aap and Butcher take Boston to his shack. Boston, who is called Teacher Boy by his friends, explains that he never took the teachers' examination. Tsotsi tells him that the gang will raise the money so that Boston can take the exam, which means they will have to commit another robbery.
Tsotsi and Aap go to Pumla's house. When Pumla's husband John Rapulana Seiphemo returns from the hospital, they follow him into the house and tie him up. Aap is assigned to watch John while Butcher ransacks the bedroom and Tsotsi collects items from the baby's room. When Aap goes to raid the fridge, John activates the alarm. In a panic, Butcher attempts to kill John with John's pistol that he found. Tsotsi shoots and kills Butcher with his pistol.
He and Aap escape in John's car moments before the security company arrives. Traumatized by Tsotsi's killing of Butcher and fearing that Tsotsi will one day harm him too, Aap decides to leave the gang and quit as Tsotsi's friend. When Tsotsi goes back to Miriam's house she reveals that she knows where he got the baby, and begs him to return the child to his parents. Tsotsi sets off to return the baby. He reaches John's house, tells John over the intercom that he will leave the child outside the gate.
Meanwhile, an officer stationed at the house alerts Captain Smit Ian Roberts , who rushes to the scene, arriving just as Tsotsi is about to walk away. The police train their guns on Tsotsi, ordering him to return the baby. However, John urges them to lower their weapons so that he can retrieve the baby himself. As Tsotsi holds the baby in his arms, John convinces him to give up the baby. Tsotsi emotionally hands the baby to John, then is told to put up his hands and turns himself in as the film ends.
The film ends with Tsotsi raising his hands, and does not disclose what happens thereafter. Two unused endings were shot for the film, which can be seen on the Tsotsi DVD. In one, Tsotsi is shot in the shoulder, and while the officers are shocked at what happened, he escapes through a large field back to the Alexandra slums after avoiding another shot from the chief police officer.
In the other, Tsotsi is shot in the chest while reaching for a milk bottle he brought. He collapses and dies while John and Pumla look on in horror. The critical consensus states "Chweneyagae's powerful performance carries this simple yet searing tale of a shantytown prostitute redemption.
Roger Ebert gave the film a four out of four star rating and stated in his review " How strange, a movie where a bad man becomes better, instead of the other way around.
He didn't mean to kidnap the baby, but now that he has it, it looks at him with trust and need, and he is powerless before eyes more demanding than his own. I was surprised to find that it leads toward hope instead of despair; why does fiction so often assume defeat is our destiny? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film Tsotsi. For the language, see Tsotsitaal.
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Already have an account? Log in! It follows the story of a young thug or 'tsotsi' in the Soweto slums who gains a chance to redeem himself. Intro to Tsotsi.
Tsotsi is a film written and directed by Gavin Hood and produced by Peter Fudakowski. Set in an Alexandra slum , in Johannesburg , South Africa, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat. In , it was unofficially remade in Tamil language as Yogi. Since his mother is dying of a terminal disease, David Benny Moshe runs away from an abusive father and lives with other homeless children in a series of large concrete construction pipes. After getting involved in a murder committed by Butcher during a mugging, Tsotsi and Boston get into a fight which leaves Boston badly injured. Tsotsi later shoots Pumla Nambitha Mpumlwana , a young woman, while stealing her car , only to discover a three-month-old baby boy in the back seat.
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Interviewed by Adrian Hennigan. It's a powerful drama about a young thug the eponymous Tsotsi, played by newcomer Presley Chweneyagae whose life changes when he carjacks a vehicle containing a baby. The film has put director Gavin Hood on the international map and he's now based in Los Angeles. You shot the film on location in the shantytowns around Johannesburg. What was the experience like?