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When sex worker Tess falls pregnant, she has to fight to keep her past from swallowing her whole.

Director:

Meg Rickards

Writer:

Tracey Farren (screenplay, based on her novel "Whiplash")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christia Visser ... Tess
Brendon Daniels Brendon Daniels ... Merrick
Nse Ikpe-Etim Nse Ikpe-Etim ... Madeleine
Dann Jaques Mouton Dann Jaques Mouton ... Lennie (as Dann-Jacques Mouton)
Lee-Ann Van Rooi Lee-Ann Van Rooi ... Bonita (as Lee-Ann van Rooi)
Tashanay Daniels Tashanay Daniels ... Josie
Quanita Adams Quanita Adams ... Chantal
Mark Elderkin ... Battery Man
Tarryn Wyngaard Tarryn Wyngaard ... Annie
Warrick Grier Warrick Grier ... Annie's boyfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg Kriek ... Andre, Tess' stepfather (as Gregory Kriek)
Tuks Tad Lungu Tuks Tad Lungu ... Rugby Jock
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When sex worker Tess falls pregnant, she has to fight to keep her past from swallowing her whole.

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

18 June 2016 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Shushh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,364
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Boondogle Films See more »
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Color:

Color
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Cape Town blues
11 June 2018 | by ilozzoliSee all my reviews

Tess is a girl who seems to care about everything and everyone but herself. She has her reasons, that are slowly introduced to the audience. The movie keeps jumping between her horrible present and her horrible past, and it almost seems as if the creators want to test the limits of their protagonist: how much can she (and the people watching these scenes) bear before she is completely broken. The cinematography is great, the acting is credible, and so Tess is definitely one of the better movies of this genre. The storytelling is a bit like in a 19th century novel, but I guess the creators wanted to make sure that 99% of their viewers fall in love with the protagonist.


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