‘The Umbrella Men’ Review (TIFF 2022): A Colorful Goema-filled Heist Caper

The themes of gentrification, of losing part of your legacy and heritage will always feel so universal to those who witness it first hand or live it on a day-to-day basis. The newest John Baker film is no different in this regard, tackling these ideas head-on engulfed in a fun, comedic heist film in the vein of those expensive Hollywood affairs, but as opposed to those movies, this one has something more to add to the conversation. Even if the setting is in Cape Town, South Africa, it’s impressive how the struggles and the frustrations of losing part of your community can feel so close to home, no matter where you live. That speaks volumes to what was achieved here with “The Umbrella Men”. 


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