Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Magic Garden is the US title for the South African film Pennywhistle Blues. An all-black, nonprofessional cast appears in this compact little drama, set in the town of Alexandria. The garden of the title is the hiding place chosen by a thief who has stolen a large sum of money from the local church. The owner of the garden is a poverty-stricken widow--exactly the sort of person for whom the money had been donated. The widow finds the money and uses it to pay off a grocery debt. The thief steals the money again, whereupon it passes into the hands of a young man who pays off his sweetheart's father's debts. The money ends up back in the church, but the thief plans to steal it once more...and we are encouraged to assume that the ill-gotten gains will once more do the good for which it was intended.
church, debt, gardens, thief, widow/widower