Shirley Adams

Director: Oliver Hermanus
Country: South Africa
Year: 2009
Running Time: 92 min.
Language: English and Afrikaans

In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother Shirley Adams’ struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley’s faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test.