Film review: The Good Lie (12A, 110 mins)
From real experiences a thoughtful drama
Based on the experiences of real Sudanese refugees, The Good Lie is a thought-provoking drama set the year before the September 11 attacks, about the plight of three young men who are offered shelter in America as part of an ongoing re-settlement effort.
Abital (Kuoth Wiel), Jeremiah (Ger Duany), Paul (Emmanuel Jal) and Mamere (Arnold Oceng) arrive in America and pass through customs in New York, where they are forced to separate.
Abital is sent to Boston while the three young men share an apartment in Kansas City.
The plan to support the refugees in their bewildering new home unravels and an employment counsellor named Carrie (Reese Witherspoon) steps in to take charge, aided by her caring boss Jack (Corey Stoll).
Together, they help Jeremiah, Paul and Mamere to acclimatise and escape the temptations of crime and drug abuse.
Star rating: 8/10