Five Fingers for Marseilles fuses western influences—from classic John Ford to “spaghetti” to revisionist eras—into a contemporary South African crime drama with a local flavor.
“Insightful … powerful … speaks to South Africa’s past, its present and its future, while also delivering a cracking action Western.” – Pontsho Mabena, Huffington Post
Twenty years ago, the young “Five Fingers” fought for the rural town of Marseilles against brutal police oppression. After fleeing in disgrace, the freedom-fighter-turned-outlaw returns to Marseilles seeking a peaceful, pastoral life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. The great westerns have always contained sociopolitical threads, and Five Fingers’ loose allegory on current South African politics is dark, edge-of-the-seat, and starkly human. (Dir. by Michael Matthews, 2017, South Africa, Xhosa and Southern Sotho with English subtitles, 120 mins., Not Rated)