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Moffie (2019)

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Nicholas has long known he is different, that there is something shameful and unacceptable in him that must stay hidden, denied even. But South Africa's minority government are embroiled in... See full summary »


Oliver Hermanus


Oliver Hermanus (screenplay), Jack Sidey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kai Luke Brummer ... Nicholas van der Swart (as Kai Luke Brümmer)
Barbara-Marié Immelman Barbara-Marié Immelman ... Suzie van der Swart (as Barbara-Marie Immelman)
Michael Kirch ... Miles
Remano De Beer ... Peet van der Swart
Emil van Niekerk ... Instructor on Train
Connor Dowds ... Liberal Recruit
Wynand Ferreira ... Snyman
Rikus Terblanche ... Bester
Matthew Vey ... Michael Sachs
Israel Ngqawuza ... Elderly Black Man
Jacques Theron ... Military Instructor
Ludwig Baxter ... Brent Siebert
Dale Lourens ... Clifford Hertman
Brendan Christopher Van Zyl ... Wian Grobelaar
Jan Combrink ... Jan Gould


Nicholas has long known he is different, that there is something shameful and unacceptable in him that must stay hidden, denied even. But South Africa's minority government are embroiled in conflict at the Angolian border and all white young men over 16 must serve two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime and its culture of toxic racist machismo. The 'black danger' is the real and present threat; what is wrong with Nicholas and others like him can be rooted out, treated and cured like a cancer. But just when fear pushes Nicholas to accept unspeakable horrors in the hopes of staying invisible, a tender relationship with another recruit becomes as dangerous for them both as any enemy fire.

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Not bad - but possibly the sweariest film I've ever seen
22 February 2020 | by euroGarySee all my reviews

'Moffie' is one of those films where a boy joins the military, goes through the random humiliations of basic training and Becomes A Man.

Conscripted into the South African military during the dying days of the apartheid era, Nick Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) arrives at a training camp run by sadistic officers whose vocabulary appears to consist mainly of the word 'f***' (with an occasional 'c***' tossed in for variety). The next several months feature route marches, bullying in the barracks and the eating of vomit. There is also a tentative, platonic homosexual relationship with fellow recruit Stassen (Ryan de Villiers) - very dangerous as homosexuality is illegal. And always in the future lurks a posting to fight communist rebels on the border with Angola.

While the basic premise is not, of course, new, what makes this film different are the South African setting and the homosexual element (which, contrary to some publicity, is merely a part of the story rather than being the whole). As Nick, Brummer is a heartthrob in the making and I also found Matthew Vey, who plays Nick's cynical friend Michael, appealing. Hilton Pelser as the sergeant must have needed throat sweets to cope with all the bellowing he is required to do, but is also given a moment of awkward vulnerabilty. It might, perhaps, have been nice if de Villiers was given more to play with as regards his character; for such a pivotal role Stassen is curiously one-note, reduced pretty much to noble suffering. But that is not a major difficulty; this film is well worth watching. Seen at the London Film Festival 2019.

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