"An emotionally resonant portrait of contemporary South Africa...delicate and real...extraordinarily touching."
"A simple but profoundly moving portrait of humanity...a wonderful little gem."
"Lucky is both touching and believable without being heavy-handed and sappy."
– Vanessa Martinez, indieWIRE
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 then falls in with Padma, an elderly Indian woman with an inherent 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.
Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review I've seen the short film years ago. This is a feature film of that short. It includes everything from the short film and adds more to the story where the short film left off. Lucky's mother passes away and is determined to get an eeducation and to be someone for himself. Unfortunately, he has no family, except for his useless uncle who prefers to take money for his simple pleasures. He bonded with an unlikeliest friend, an elderly racist Indian woman. She can recognize someone who wants to build something out of their life. So, she helps him in any way she can. Very nice film!
Paul Allaer - Customer Review "Lucky" (2011 release from South Africa; 104 min.) brings the story of Lucky, a 10 yr. old boy living in a remote Zulu village in South Africa. As the movie begins, we see him anxiously awaiting the return of his mom fom a trip to the Big City. As it turns out, she died of HIV-AIDS and instead she is returned to the village in a coffin. Before dying. she made arrangements for Lucky to go live with his uncle (mom's brother) in the Big City. Upon arriving, Lucky is not particularly welcomed with open arms, and it doesn't take long before things come to a full conflict. Around that time, Lucky strikes up an unlikely friendship with an old Indian woman living in the same complex. At this point we are about one-third into the movie. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Several comments: first and foremost, this is a very moving family drama that brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. When you see Lucky trying to cope with his mom's death, you cannot help but feel so incredibly sorry for him, as no 10 year old should have to go through this. Second, the movie explores the interaction between the large Indian community in South Africe and the natigve Zulu population in a very nuanced way that gave me great insights in the matter. Third, there are several outstanding performances, none more so than Sihle Dlamini as the 10 yr. old boy. He simply blew me away, not unlike, say, the performance of Quvenzhan Wallis as the little girl in last year's Beasts of the Southern Wild. Last but not least, there are several DVD bonus materials, by far the best of which is the original 20 min. short film from 2005, also called "Lucky", which director Avie Luthra uses as the platform for this feature film, and which is quite good in and of itself as well. Bottom line: if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie that is miles away from your standard Hollywood fare, "Lucky" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Miz Ellie - Customer Review Why write a long dialogue about the film? Excellent acting and a very believable story. Not 'coming of age' crap, but a boy who just wants to go to school and is looking for a home. Jayashree Basavaraj is wonderful as the bitter 'Granny', but Sihle Dlamini is just divine as 'Lucky'.
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Lucky (Shile Dlamini)
Lucky (Shile Dlamini) and Padme (Jayashree Basavaraj)
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