Athol Fugard plays Eugene Marais, an Afrikaner intellectual, naturalist, poet, author, rebel and morphine addict who publicly attacked the repressive Transvaal Government. On a remote farm, trying to overcome his drug habit, Marais observes the animal world to understand the essence of dependency. Fugard totally inhabits what is the most demanding and exciting role of his career. A twilight film on the origin of pain and grief, man fighting against himself in a poetic exploration of an intense inner life, which his contemporaries cannot connect to. The Guest is a rare and magnificent film.