Zoo Lodge (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Zoo Lodge

Inflammatory drivel about a meddling British couple’s troubled stay in a Johannesburg hostel. Insult, slur and damaging secrets are awkwardly tossed between an Afrikaans handyman, a Zimbabwean refugee, a philandering hostel owner, his Spanish lover and finger-pointing wife. In attempting to counter a nauseatingly self-righteous strain of gap-year sensibility, shoddy writing and generally weak performances here misplace the emphasis to devastating effect.

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Zoo Lodge

  • 2 stars

Behind the electric fences of a Johannesburg hostel two backpackers befriend a Zimbabwean refugee. But when their presence draws out old grievances will they be able to help or are some problems too deep for outsiders to solve?

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