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Siener in die Suburbs (1973)

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Jakes
Louis van Niekerk ...
Giel
Sandra Prinsloo ...
Tiemie
Don Lamprecht ...
Tjokkie
Wilna Snyman ...
Ma
George Ballot ...
Albertus
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Afrikaans classic
16 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tjokkie, his mother and sister Tiemie live together on poverty row. Tjokkie has a gift of psychic ability and is prone to terrifying trance states which allow him to see the future.His mother's husband, a lay-about called Giel Swart (Yellow Black?) is sponging off his mother's war pension. He sees her children Tjokkie and Tiemie as his own because he has seen them "grow up before his eyes".The aggressive biker Jakes, a man who has built a dangerous reputation around the suburbs is Tiemie's new boyfriend. This Friday night he's visiting their house and drinking heavily with the constantly brow-beaten Giel.Tiemie announces that she's pregnant and not sure if Jakes is the father. Giel in complete financial devastation has laid the last of his money on a 'lucky horse'" This is a prime example of what can be done with lots of talent and zero budget. The film looks like it was filmed on the weekend in someone's backyard. What this has though is an amazing script based on P.G. du Plesis's play and a cast which would all become some of the most famous South African actors to this day. The film is probably best understood by South Africans as even with translation the humour, mannerisms, in-jokes and historical references are not always easily explained. It was released on DVD in South Africa and if you can get someone who is Afrikaans or Dutch to explain the dialogue for you it can't be recommended enough. Violent, sexist, racist and hilarious I think this is at least in the top 5 most amazing films to come out of South Africa.


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