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The Good Man - Film Review

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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
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Published July 14th 2014
The unexpected impact of two colliding lives

You know that feeling, when things are going so well and you can't help but think that something bad is about to happen.

The five first minutes of The Good Man are exactly like this. It's the beginning of the weekend and Michael (Aidan Gillen Game of Thrones and The Wire) , a young career-driven Irishman, leaves the pub after a having a quick drink with work colleagues to join his beautiful wife and daughter at home.

As soon as he steps outside the bar, a terrible accident changes his life forever.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, Sifiso (Thabang Sidloy), is a clever teenager divided by his thoughts about his country's social and political problems and the expectation of having brighter future.

Michael and Sifiso are two complete different souls who have never met, but have their lives are linked by a single event.

The narrative, set in Belfast and Cape Town, put us straight to the character's personal conflicts, both experienced in a different space but at the same time.

While Michael's guilty mood drags him down to an obscure cul-de-sac where family and work become a second plan in his life, Sifiso struggles between taking his studies seriously or getting involved with an anti-eviction campaign that can easily end up in a tragedy.

The Good Man is the debut film of the Irish director/writer Phil Harrison. His previous work were two short-films, the multi-award Even Gods(2012) and The Birds, Like(2009).

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Just watching a horrifying youtube video from a dashboard cam in south africa where we see a car crash and a man thrown out of a car. According to the comments that man is Thabang Sidloy :( The premise of this movie seems eerily foreshadowing.
by pimpi (score: 0|2) 1810 days ago
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