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Faan se trein (2014)

Faan (Willie Esterhuizen) lives in a small Karoo town with his father, and his housekeeper, Truia (Anel Alexander). He's a little slow and a little confused a lot of the time, but for the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Willie Esterhuizen Willie Esterhuizen ... Faan Oosthuysen
Deon Lotz ... Dr. André Dippenaar
Marius Weyers ... Dominee
Cobus Rossouw Cobus Rossouw ... Oom Frik Oosthuysen
A.J. van der Merwe A.J. van der Merwe ... Sersant
Nicola Hanekom Nicola Hanekom ... Beatrice Dippenaar
Anel Alexander ... Truia
Sandra Kotze Sandra Kotze ... Tante Magriet (as Sandra Kotzé)
Gamiet Pietersen Gamiet Pietersen ... Stinkhans
Pierre van Heerden Pierre van Heerden ... Willem
Andahr Cotton Andahr Cotton ... Gert
Chanelle de Jager Chanelle de Jager ... Annie
Flip Theron Flip Theron ... Oom Barend
Nic de Jager Nic de Jager ... Prof. Con de Goede
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Pienaar Madeleine Pienaar ... Sus


Faan (Willie Esterhuizen) lives in a small Karoo town with his father, and his housekeeper, Truia (Anel Alexander). He's a little slow and a little confused a lot of the time, but for the most part he's harmless, except when he's being teased by the local school boys, which seems to be happening more and more frequently. During the last teasing episode Faan accidentally runs into the Doctor's (Deon Lotz) wife, Beatrice (Nicola Hanekom), a woman who was raised in Pretoria, but now lives in this one horse town because of a secret she and her husband have to hide. This confrontation between Faan and Beatrice causes Faan to become very interested in Beatrice, especially when her blouse rips during the encounter. Beatrice has no interest in even knowing this individual exists, until she discovers that he, along with his father, own some antiques that were passed down from father to son for years, including a very valuable violin, so starts her plan to get her hands on the goods, ... Written by Jon Broeke

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South Africa


Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

24 January 2014 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Faan's Train See more »


Box Office


ZAR 3,000,000 (estimated)
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Faan Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Good but depressing movie with an art-house feel
2 March 2014 | by Stanley BiggsSee all my reviews

This film is very well made. It has excellent cinematography and has very good performances by some of the most talented South African actors. I believe the story is true to its time and setting with typical characters for a small South African town at the time.

It is a deep story about honest innocence opposed to people wearing masks. It is about loyalty, stereotypes, prejudice, community, acceptance, priorities and redemption.

All of this does not make it a pleasant film to watch, though. The film explores the beauty and the dark side in people and raises difficult questions about what we base our decisions on.

Overall I found this a very depressing film that wallows in an "Afrikaner struggle" mentality. The only emotional appeal that the film has is that it tries very hard to evoke pity from the viewer - pity for the prejudices that Faan faces as a handicapped person and pity for his father who, as a struggling manual laborer is up against the threat of mechanization. Unfortunately I believe that pity serves rather badly as the sole golden thread that's supposed to keep me glued to a movie screen.

If you enjoy art-house films that explore the darker side of the human psyche and if you enjoyed a film like "Die Wonderwerker", then you'll enjoy this film. If you are looking to be entertained, though, you might need to look a bit further.

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