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The Story of an African Farm (2004)

The 1870's. South Africa. Life is normal at the farm on the slopes of a Karoo Kopje. Fat Tant Sannie (Karin van der Laag) looks after her charges, the sweet Em (Anneke Weidemann) and the ... See full synopsis »

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... Bonaparte Blenkins
... Otto
... Tant Sannie
... Lyndall
Luke Gallant ... Waldo
Anneke Weidemann ... Em
Elriza Swanepoel ... Trana
Nichol Petersen ... Tant Sannie's Maid
Abbe-Gail Hartogh ... Maid 2
Linda Louw ... Maid 3
Chris-Jan Steenkamp ... Sheep Shearer
Ibrahim Adams ... Blacksmith
Clive Smith ... Labourer1
Jan Bobbejee ... Farm Labourer 2
Willem Saulse ... Farm Labourer 2
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The 1870's. South Africa. Life is normal at the farm on the slopes of a Karoo Kopje. Fat Tant Sannie (Karin van der Laag) looks after her charges, the sweet Em (Anneke Weidemann) and the independent Lyndall (Kasha Kropinski), with a strict Biblical hand - it was Em's father's dying wish. Gentle Otto (Armin), the farm manager, runs the farm and cares for Waldo, his son. Waldo (Luke Gallant) is bright, and busy building a model of a sheep-shearing machine that he hopes will make them all rich. Things change when the sinister, eccentric Bonaparte Blenkins (Richard E. Grant) with bulbous nose and chimney pot hat arrives. Their childhood is disrupted by the bombastic Irishman who claims blood ties with Wellington and Queen Victoria and so gains uncanny influence over the girls' gross stupid stepmother, Tant Sannie.

As the story of Lyndall, Em and Waldo unfolds to its touching end, we learn not merely of a backwater in colonial history, but of the whole human condition.

Armin Cruz's intense ...

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for thematic elements and brief mild language
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8 October 2004 (South Africa)  »

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Bustin' Bonaparte: The Story of an African Farm  »

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the absolute pits
22 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Why on earth was a film made out of what has to be one of the most depressing books in the world. This film was the absolute pits. Surely whoever made this film must have thought about this - or, maybe not. And besides being the most depressing piece of work I have seen in years, there was no magic in this movie at all. The whole thing was just too boring for words.

The script also felt very naive. It was too linear. There was no real development. It actually felt like a real amateur piece of work. I don't think this particular film has done any good for the South African film industry. I would be very curious to find out what a film like this cost to make. I am sure it was another run-away budget that seems to be so typical these past few years in South Africa. Like Stander, I am sure this is another financial disaster waiting to be buried. What a pity.


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