(out of 5)
This is an unfortunate waste of good talent. Kim Basinger gives a moving performance as real-life conservationist Kuki Gallmann, who follows her husband to Africa with her son to start her life over after a tragic car accident in Italy. Upon reaching Kenya, Gallmann is transformed by her surroundings, inspired to take on new causes and carve a niche for herself in the society around her. The bland script (based on Gallman’s book of the same name) leaves all of Gallmann’s active pursuits off camera and focuses mainly on the dull relationship she has with her ignorant husband, badly played by Vincent Perez, who can’t match Basinger’s sharp instincts or charm. Basinger is left with nothing to do for the entire film except sit around her kitchen and mope until two big events happen in the last half hour of the film and she is finally given the chance to act.
Directed by Hugh Hudson
Cinematography by Bernard Lutic
Music by Maurice Jarre
Production Design by Andrew Sanders
Costume Design by Shirley Russell
Film Editing by Scott Thomas