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The Flyer (2005)

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Credited cast:
Marcel van Heerden Marcel van Heerden ... Anders
Ian Van Der Heyden ... Kieren
Craig Palm Craig Palm ... Spies
Kim Engelbrecht ... Mickey
Jarrid Geduld Jarrid Geduld ... Kieren Junior
Marvin Pasqualie Marvin Pasqualie ... Spies Junior
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gizelle Abrahams Gizelle Abrahams ... Sophie
Shahier Davids Shahier Davids ... Ricardo's Gangster
Brett Delport Brett Delport ... Victor
Edgar Fortuin Edgar Fortuin ... Spies Robbery Gang #1
Herman Hardick Herman Hardick ... Policeman #2
Sergio Franco Louw Sergio Franco Louw ... Spies Robbery Gang #2
Nhlanlaha Mavundla Nhlanlaha Mavundla ... Policeman #1
Chantel Nel Chantel Nel ... Raye
Chantal Nell Chantal Nell ... Raye
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The triumphant tale of one boy who reaches beyond his place in the world to follow his heart's desire. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

A kiugrás See more »

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Dv8 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alive, unusual, moving - a South African 'Billy Elliot'
16 May 2005 | by God-12See all my reviews

I saw this film this evening. This is what I thought about it:

The photography of the acrobats is well done and it is interesting to see some of the detail of how it works. The photographs of Cape Town are also good, though they certainly don't give much of the tourist view!

This is a good film about the conflicts involved in growing up poor, getting involved with a bad set, then trying to make a success out of life. I think that it manages to explore the frustrations of teachers or mentors as well - and also the pathos of a once great performer giving his life meaning through the success of the pupils.

The plot works reasonably well, the acting is generally solid with some entertainingly well done bits.

The atmosphere of Cape Town, particularly the gangland argot, with its local flavour almost masking its Yankish imitation is well portrayed - though some of what is said is better in the original than in the subtitles provided! A particularly good line was 'You were right, brother, it wasn't quite so cool up there' but the line was several times more effective in the argot!

It was a little disjointed at times and the motivation of the teacher/mentor figure weren't always clear. I was, however, most disappointed by the score. An anodyne apple loops style score was provided - Cape Town is the home of magnificent jazz and an improvised score made by local musicians would have been the making of this as a really excellent film, despite its flaws.

It is worth watching, as an enjoyable film, but it is particularly fun if you've been to Cape Town or are thinking of going some day.


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