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A family's life in the Karoo (a semi-desert area in South Africa) is changed when a travelling circus leaves behind a clown.

Director:

Katinka Heyns

Writer:

Chris Barnard
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marius Weyers ... Hendrik MacDonald
Aletta Bezuidenhout Aletta Bezuidenhout ... Katrina MacDonald
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Frans
Ellis Pearson Ellis Pearson ... Manuel
Jan Ellis Jan Ellis ... Nollie
Liezel van der Merwe Liezel van der Merwe ... Emma MacDonald
Larry Leyden Larry Leyden ... Willem MacDonald
Marthinus Basson Marthinus Basson ... Dominee
Gérard Rudolf ... Jan Mol
Regardt van den Bergh ... Bothma
Ernst Eloff Ernst Eloff ... Doctor
Paul Eilers Paul Eilers ... Sergeant
André Rossouw André Rossouw ... Sakkie
Marko van der Colff Marko van der Colff ... Thys
Hennie Oosthuizen Hennie Oosthuizen ... Pieta
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A family's life in the Karoo (a semi-desert area in South Africa) is changed when a travelling circus leaves behind a clown.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

Afrikaans

Release Date:

23 January 1997 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

El secreto de la magia See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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South Africa's official entry to the Oscars, in the category of Best Foreign Language Film - a first for a South African feature film. See more »

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Entertaining, striking and worth the effort to find and watch.
28 May 1999 | by fugue-4See all my reviews

Probably one of the best films to come out of South Africa. The story documents the lives of an Afrikaans railway worker and his family in the remote countryside of the Karoo. Their humdrum lives are turned around by the arrival of a travelling circus, revealing to them the existence of a much bigger world out there. The film sympathetically captures a specific side of Afrikaans small-town life that isn't always fairly represented by filmdom.


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