The White Masai (Die Weisse Massai)

The White Masai (Die Weisse Massai)

The White Masai (Die Weisse Massai)
Based upon an autobiographical novel by Swiss writer Corinne Hofmann, the film tells of a girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes a turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai. Carola decides to leave her boyfriend to stay with her lover. There, she has to adapt to the Masai's way of life. She also has to face the culture, her husband's attitude towards women, and what he expects from a wife.
2006Rating: R16, content that may disturb131 minsGermanyGerman / Swahili / English
Drama
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Reviews & comments

An extraordinary love story, based on fact...

While holidaying in Kenya with her boyfriend Swiss Carola encounters a Masai warrior and is capitivated, infatuated. Decides not to return home with the boyfriend, staying she searches out the warrior in his own territory. From here we see Carola, well played by Nina Hoss, as she joins, lives, marries, sets up a business and has a child. The stresses of...

3.0

The white Masai is a sensitively presented story that is worth seeing.

A love story with a difference. Being based on fact makes this a great story. The viewer is drawn into the life of the 2 lovers and can sympathise with them as they live, love and endure the strains of 2 incredibly different cultures attempting to come together.

4.0

You should see the White Masai.

This movie is set in Kenya and tells the true story os a Swiss girl meeting and falling in love with a Masai. You see some of the Kenyan landscape, Masai way of life and some typical third world city environments. The mixing of the two cultures and traditions was probably never going to survive and the trials of both Carola living with the Masai family...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Efficiently, if somewhat stolidly written, the pic explores the culture clash between protags with fairness, even though its sympathies lie ultimately with its not-always-likeable heroine...Despite the pic's long running time, femme auds will particularly respond to this exportable drama...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hoss is extraordinary in her portrayal of a woman of towering strengths yet understandable vulnerabilities...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Beautifully shot, engrossing, with realistic performances and some genuine moments of charm and horror...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Ido and Hoss work well together - a scene involving the crash of a Land Rover is particularly effective - and the landscapes are impressive, but the film as a whole is plodding, overlong and rather frustrating...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Efficiently, if somewhat stolidly written, the pic explores the culture clash between protags with fairness, even though its sympathies lie ultimately with its not-always-likeable heroine...Despite the pic's long running time, femme auds will particularly respond to this exportable drama...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hoss is extraordinary in her portrayal of a woman of towering strengths yet understandable vulnerabilities...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Beautifully shot, engrossing, with realistic performances and some genuine moments of charm and horror...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Ido and Hoss work well together - a scene involving the crash of a Land Rover is particularly effective - and the landscapes are impressive, but the film as a whole is plodding, overlong and rather frustrating...

2.0

An extraordinary love story, based on fact...

While holidaying in Kenya with her boyfriend Swiss Carola encounters a Masai warrior and is capitivated, infatuated. Decides not to return home with the boyfriend, staying she searches out the warrior in his own territory. From here we see Carola, well played by Nina Hoss, as she joins, lives, marries, sets up a business and has a child. The stresses of...

3.0

The white Masai is a sensitively presented story that is worth seeing.

A love story with a difference. Being based on fact makes this a great story. The viewer is drawn into the life of the 2 lovers and can sympathise with them as they live, love and endure the strains of 2 incredibly different cultures attempting to come together.

4.0

You should see the White Masai.

This movie is set in Kenya and tells the true story os a Swiss girl meeting and falling in love with a Masai. You see some of the Kenyan landscape, Masai way of life and some typical third world city environments. The mixing of the two cultures and traditions was probably never going to survive and the trials of both Carola living with the Masai family...

4.0