Starring: Juliane Koehler, Merab Ninidze, Lea Kurka, Sidede Onyulo Director: Caroline Link Category: IIB Last year's surprise Oscar-winner for best foreign film is strangely engaging. Not much seems to happen, but you find yourself swept up, thanks to excellent performances by Lea Kurka and Karoline Eckertz as the young lead Regina. It's through her eyes, mainly, that the tale unfolds. Based on Stefanie Zweig's autobiographical novel, Nowhere In Africa tells the story of the Redlich family - Walter (Merab Ninidze), a Jewish lawyer who has moved to Kenya to escape the Nazis, his wife Jettel (Juliane Koehler ) and daughter Regina. While the Holocaust is touched on, the film is more about a family under strain. Jettel finds the role of farmer's wife difficult and we're taken through her trials from the point of view of little Regina, who quickly adapts to their new life. Director Caroline Link's task is made easier by the stunning surroundings, which are relied on to cover some weaker moments. There's little exploration of why Jettel does what she does, though Koehler impressively portrays a woman who rises to the challenges. More is revealed through the character of Walter and Regina, who sees it all and embraces the new world, helped by her friendship with the family cook, Owuor (Sidede Onyulo). Link produces some inspiring set pieces - such as the family and farm workers fighting off a locust plague. You end up willing the family along and rising with them through their triumphs. Nowhere In Africa opens today.