A Private Life (1988)

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This moving family drama is set in South Africa. It concerns an "interracial" marriage between a white policeman and a white-looking woman who is unable to document her racial heritage, and under apartheid this earns her the classification "colored." Since interracial marriages are illegal, the couple must resort to all sorts of evasions and dodges in order not to stand out. The real difficulty comes when their son grows up and wants to marry his white girlfiend. Because he, too, cannot document his racial heritage, they are unable to marry. Also, because of his racial classification, he cannot perform many jobs, is unable to live in most areas, etc. His rage at his parents for having "done this" to him has a tragic result.