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Van der Merwe (2017)

Van der Merwe, a bumbling farmer from a traditional farming family, struggles to keep his family together when his daughter returns from England with her British fiancé and family.


Bruce Lawley


Bruce Lawley




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob van Vuuren Rob van Vuuren ... Van
Chanelle de Jager Chanelle de Jager ... Suzette van der Merwe
Reine Swart ... Marike van der Merwe
Matthew Baldwin Matthew Baldwin ... George Stokes
Ian Roberts Ian Roberts ... Oupa Schalk van der Merwe
Andre Jacobs ... Harold Stokes
Adrienne Pearce Adrienne Pearce ... Mavis Stokes
Rika Sennett Rika Sennett ... Ouma van der Merwe (as Rika Sennet)
Clare Marshall Clare Marshall ... Granny Stokes
Barry Hilton Barry Hilton ... Freddie
Graham Weir Graham Weir ... Doctor
Jeanne Neilson ... Delandre, wedding planner
Erica Wessels Erica Wessels ... Elmarie
Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Cynthia
Benedikt Sebastian ... Danie an der Merwe


In every country there is a person who is the butt of all jokes. In Ireland it is Paddy, in Israel it is Hymie, in South Africa, that person is Van der Merwe - this is his story. Set on the Van der Merwe farmstead, the story centres on Van's daughter Marike who returns home from a gap year in England with her new fiancé George, a British boy who is studying to become a doctor. This creates all sorts of problems and challenges for Van as he tries to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying an Englishman. Van's father is strongly against this union of 'Brit and Boer' and implores Van to put an end to it. Van finds himself in a precarious situation with a difficult choice: risk the wrath of his father by condoning the wedding - or obey his father, whose approval he so desperately wants, and risk losing his daughter forever. When the family of the English fiancé arrives on the farm, the fireworks really begin as the clash of cultures results in a number of side-splitting ... Written by Bruce Lawley

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Absolute rubbish!
5 April 2019 | by mrvaninSee all my reviews

One star. This is a score I reserve for any movie that I can't tolerate long enough to watch to the end. The "script" is nonsense. The acting is atrocious. It's not slapstick, or over the top - it's just empty. This drivel doesn't even raise a weak smile. What a waste of time, money and effort. There is not a single redeemable feature in this bucket of sludge.

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