Faan (Willie Esterhuizen) lives in a small Karoo town with his father, and his housekeeper, Truia (Anel Alexander). He's a little slow and a little confused a lot of the time, but for the ...
See full summary »
Basson has five days to make it to his father's funeral in Cape Town, but needs to complete certain tasks on this trip before he can call the family company his own. On the road he meets ... See full summary »
A loving father and husband, as well as being a well respected Boer-officer, decides upon hearing that the enemy (the British) are planning a "scorched earth"- policy to go home and protect... See full summary »
Gys de Villiers,
Childhood friends, Nina and Hugo chose different paths in life. Years later, Hugo returns to his hometown unbeknownst to him, the day before Nina's wedding. Events on the wedding day throw ... See full summary »
A successful businessman from Bloemfontein, South Africa, Danie du Toit's doorbell rings in the middle of the night. Outside the rain is pouring down. He puts on his gown, walks to the ... See full summary »
Wimpie Koekemoer - the biggest geek in school. He is constantly embarrassed by his conservative mother and his strange father, especially in front of girls. Wimpie dreams of being popular. ... See full summary »
Cherie van der Merwe,
An idealistic British drama school teacher, Jodi Rutherford, persuades a cynical South African farmer to prepare her for a role in a major film as an Afrikaans war heroine. In return Jodi ... See full summary »
Faan (Willie Esterhuizen) lives in a small Karoo town with his father, and his housekeeper, Truia (Anel Alexander). He's a little slow and a little confused a lot of the time, but for the most part he's harmless, except when he's being teased by the local school boys, which seems to be happening more and more frequently. During the last teasing episode Faan accidentally runs into the Doctor's (Deon Lotz) wife, Beatrice (Nicola Hanekom), a woman who was raised in Pretoria, but now lives in this one horse town because of a secret she and her husband have to hide. This confrontation between Faan and Beatrice causes Faan to become very interested in Beatrice, especially when her blouse rips during the encounter. Beatrice has no interest in even knowing this individual exists, until she discovers that he, along with his father, own some antiques that were passed down from father to son for years, including a very valuable violin, so starts her plan to get her hands on the goods, ... Written by
The producers of this film casted well-known South African actors to star in the film, resulting in perfect portrayal of the characters. The script nostalgically supports the characters with charming Afrikaans expressions. Detail especially shines in this film: props, costumes, make-up and sets were carefully chosen to support a Cape village set in 1959. The music was well composed and supported dramatic moments in the film.
Unfortunately, some of the humour will be lost in translation: some idioms and expressions will only be understood by native speakers. A traditional folk-song "Al lê die berge nog so blou" was played on a violin, furthering the feeling of nostalgia. Perhaps the composer could have incorporated song fragments into the film to unify the music. The only "thematic transformation" of "Al lê die berge nog so blou" was a representation of the song in the dorian mode.
Outstanding direction and attention to visual detail made Faan se Trein a joy to watch: strongly recommended for all members of the family.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?