Directed by: Jamie Uys
Starring: Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, N!xau, Louw Verwey
It’s only been about a year-and-a-half since I wrote a brief review of The Gods Must Be Crazy (http://www.mountainx.com/movies/review/gods_must_be_crazy), the freakish hit film from 1980 about an African bushman (N!xau) whose life—and that of his people—is changed when he finds a Coke bottle that has been dropped out of an airplane. Though utilitarian at first, the bottle becomes a problem, because it’s something new to his tribe—an item to be fought over. As I said originally, it’s a pleasant little film, but I’ve yet to understand how or why it became so popular. All I can add to that now is that I don’t really understand why it’s being resurrected yet again. (It’s sufficiently common that it’s a little like calling a request line and asking to hear the Beethoven Fifth Symphony.) But it obviously has its admirers. It’s just a little too precious and slapsticky for me.
The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Gods Must Be Crazy at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. (From Asheville, take I-26 to U.S. 64 West, turn right at the third light onto Thompson Street. Follow to the Lake Point Landing entrance and park in the lot on the left.)