I recently watched Out of Africa again. It was first released in 1985 and back then, I saw it as a love story, now, all these years later as many other things, I saw it from a different place and perspective. It’s not about love anymore for me, it’s about courage and not giving up.
This movie understandably won 7 Oscars at the time and most people saw it as the synopsis described it: “In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.” I now disagree. It’s about a woman’s courage. A story of not giving up and standing for what she thought was right. She did not give up on her land, friends, workers, and of course, her love.
At the end of her stay in Africa, she sits alone and realizes she has lost everything, she alone, worked so hard for without the help of any man. And this is a story I can certainly relate to.