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Dive into a world of tragedy, romance and triumph

Dive into a world of tragedy, romance and triumph

05:45 SAST | 27 Feb 2017

The word ‘tragedy’ comes from Ancient Greece, where theatre was an important religious ritual. The philosopher Aristotle believed that tragedy purified the emotions, helping audiences find meaning in pain and nobility in suffering. Here are four movies, exclusive to Kwesé Movies 1, that’ll cleanse the emotions and recharge the soul.

Aristotle would have approved of Where Children Play (28 March at 20:00 CAT). It’s an American drama about a young woman (Teyonah Parris) who faces the ghosts of her abusive childhood when she is called to care for her dying father. Parris channels all the raw emotion you’d expect from someone trying to heal the wounds of incest. This must-see drama also features Grammy Award-wining singer-songwriter Macy Gray.

 “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” These are the wise words of St Augustine, an early Christian philosopher. The issue of faith comes under the spotlight in Doubt (5 March at 20:00 CAT), starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is set in a Catholic school in 1960s New York City. The school’s first black student is the subject of controversy when the principal (Streep) suspects a priest (Hoffman) of taking a sexual interest in the boy. Streep and Hoffman face off in some intense scenes, but they’re not the only ones who provide acting fireworks in this intriguing drama. Viola Davis plays the mother of the troubled boy, delivering a performance that had some critics saying she was cheated out of an Oscar award. Recently Davis’s faith was repaid: she won the 2017 best supporting actress Academy Award for her role in Fences.

Colonia (23 March at 20:00 CAT) is based on true events and follows the story of a young couple, Lena and Daniel, caught up in the 1973 Chilean coup. Daniel (played by Daniel Brühl) is abducted by the secret police and taken to Colonia Dignidad, an evil cult run by the German paedophile Paul Schäfer. Lena (Emma Watson) decides that the best way to help her man is to join the cult. Emma Watson shot to fame when she was cast as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. In Colonia she puts in a gritty and emotionally charged performance as a woman desperately trying to save her man.

In Ancient Greece the theatre wasn’t all tragedy and drama; comedies were also an important staple for the good people of Athens. If you’re partial to something light and frothy you’ll enjoy Ms. Matched (13 March at 20:00 CAT). It’s about a renowned wedding planner who provides for other people’s romantic fantasies, but can’t find any romance of her own. That all changes when she succumbs to the charms of an author whose book Wedding Day Do's and Don'ts is a how-to for cutting down on wedding costs. The two share a common attraction, but disagree on the key business of wedding expenses. Can they put aside their firm beliefs about weddings and commit to the romance they both crave?

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