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Corne van Rooyen
Marguerite van Eeden,
When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for telling stories. He becomes the "prison cinema" whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail 'AB' finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man's noose. Set in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960s. The film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter Mr. John W. FredericksWritten by
David Max Brown
Brilliant! This is a stunning movie and without doubt fits in my long life's top ten movies alongside movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Brother Sun and sister moon, the killing fields and 12 years a slave amongst others.
This is a very harrowing tale and tough to watch,because of the storyline. But it is a brilliant movie in every aspect except for one gratuitous hetero sex scene which for me did not fit into the movie at all(and is the reason for the 9 out of 10). The story is one that every youth should see because I believe that it will be life-changing for them/
Everybody associated with this film deserves the greatest of accolades and I sincerely hope that there will be a few Oscars for it, There certainly would have if the film was done in Hollywood.
And it proves that there is still life in Afrikaans as a language.
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