A love story is only as good as the obstacles faced by the central couple, so how’s about the powerful racism of post-war Britain? Studying in England after the war, the crown prince of what’s now Botswana meets and falls in love with an ordinary English woman, throwing all manner of prejudiced cats among the pigeons as the crumbling imperial establishment try and stop their union. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, both actors of the moment, are superb as the leads. It seems odd that a film that's making a point against prejudice doesn’t seem that interested in events in Africa, but it does provide a stirring and timely reminder of just how deep bigotry can run in society. Times
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