4.7/10
991
20 user 20 critic

Siembamba (2017)

Trailer
1:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
Returning to her home town, Eden Rock, and overwhelmed by the birth of her first born, Chloe van Heerden (19) tries to come to terms with motherhood. Despite the support from her loving ... See full summary »

Director:

Darrell Roodt
15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In this scandalous political thriller, an investigation into a chemical spill spirals into an indictment of the entire system meant to protect drinking water, revealing cover-ups at the highest levels of government.

Director: Cullen Hoback
Stars: Dr. Marc Edwards, Dr. Rahul Gupta, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Go behind the scenes to uncover the truths of being a professional gamer for a living. Can you really make a living from being a gamer?

Directors: Anthony Daniel, Adam Huffman
Stars: Lucky Harmon, Ashleigh Morghan, Tyler Blevins
Dark Web (2016)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A mysterious group has created a sadistic venture. Kidnapping young women, they auction the rights to hunt them to millionaires with a thirst for blood - and broadcast the hunt on the dark web for the world to see.

Director: Bruno Vaussenat
Stars: Petra Silander, Olivier Gruner, Kendra Waldman
Maktub (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The biggest Israeli blockbuster since 1986 . Steve and Chuma , two criminals are the sole survivors of a terrorist attack at a restaurant in Jerusalem. They decide to change their ways and ... See full summary »

Director: Oded Raz
Stars: Guy Amir, Hanan Savyon, Gal Amitai
Scam Story (2018)
Documentary | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An investigative team lead by Adrain Lamo exposes French intelligence officer Alain Giraud as the Mastermind behind Bitconnect.

Director: Felix Arno
Stars: Carlos Matos, Whit Athey, Yigal Aviv
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A kidnapping leads to a love affair and complicates meaning for a young woman, a kidnapper, and a police detective in pursuit.

Director: Corynn Egreczky
Stars: James Duval, Rachel Jane Conn, Tommy Dreamer
Nanu Ki Jaanu (2018)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Nanu Ki Jaanu is a dark comedy, the story of which revolves around a Delhi land mafia agent (Abhay Deol) who tries to deal with the arrival of a ghost in his apartment.

Director: Faraz Haider
Stars: Abhay Deol, Patralekhaa, Reshma Khan
Sky Hunter (2017)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After graduating from flight school, a group of pilots join an elite military group.

Director: Chen Li
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Chen Li, Tomer Oz
Battle Drone (2018)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

"Expendables" meets the "A-Team" in this full throttle action film, where a group of skilled mercenaries find themselves betrayed by the US government and are forced to fight their way out ... See full summary »

Director: Mitch Gould
Stars: Dominique Swain, Natassia Malthe, Michael Paré
Rape Story (Video 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Los Angeles victim that was raped in the rainy night of 30 June 2005.

Director: Felix Arno
Stars: Bianca Rollins, Karl Schmidt, Rushee Fox
Bent I (2018)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

On his latest private investigation, a shamed former cop connects a murder case to a government conspiracy involving rogue agents from a top spy agency.

Director: Bobby Moresco
Stars: Sofía Vergara, Karl Urban, Andy Garcia
Curvature (2017)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

CURVATURE is a time travel sci-fi drama about an engineer who travels back in time to stop herself from committing a murder.

Director: Diego Hallivis
Stars: Lyndsy Fonseca, Linda Hamilton, Glenn Morshower
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Brandon Auret ... Dr. Timothy Reed
Reine Swart ... Chloe van Heerden
Thandi Puren ... Ruby van Heerden
Deànré Reiners Deànré Reiners ... Adam Hess
Dorothy Ann Gould Dorothy Ann Gould ... Midwife
Lara de Villiers Lara de Villiers ... Crying woman
Samuel Frauenstein ... Man in car
Shayla-Rae McFarlane Shayla-Rae McFarlane ... Young Chloe
Edit

Storyline

Returning to her home town, Eden Rock, and overwhelmed by the birth of her first born, Chloe van Heerden (19) tries to come to terms with motherhood. Despite the support from her loving mother, Ruby (35), Chloe struggles with the demand of being a new mom. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends Chloe into a dark depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. Distraught she pays a visit to family psychologist Dr. Timothy Reed (40s) who diagnoses her intrusive thoughts and feelings of anxiousness to a mild case of baby blues. Yet the thoughts grow worse and more violent. Chloe starts to hear voices and humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe does everything in her power to protect her son. Her decline reaches fever pitch, and everybody seems to be moving against her. Desperate, Chloe finds solace in the arms of her ... Written by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2018 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lullaby See more »

Filming Locations:

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First purely South African production to release theatrically in the USA. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Afrikaans Horror: An Interesting New Genre But It Drags
7 March 2018 | by babyjaguarSee all my reviews

Caught this film last night, it was met with much anticipation considering last year's social media buzz on its low distribution by South African cinema franchises, supposedly due to its themes. It's been blogged that the film was inspired by Afrikaans folklore but unfortunately the film never really goes there.

It's about a young mother, Chloe played by Reine Swart going through a bad case of social depression. She lives with her mother plus a newly born baby and set in South Africa (although no Black South African actors nor extras are seen). The story specifically takes place in a forest looking location; Eden Rocks, it makes one wonder if it's a reference to the recent controversial "White Christian Only" gated community called "Project Eden" (but that's in the desert area).

Anyway, what follows that Chloe has visions, or illusions of a type of boogey man (or more of a boogey woman spectre) referencing the film's opening scenes of early 1900s Dutch (?) Christians participating in ritual sacrifices. Chloe's spectre comes off looking like a flying nun whose apparitions makes her sanity worse throughout the film, but this is where the narrative drags.

Director Darrell Roodt, who has been nominated (and has received awards) for his film productions such as 1992's Sarafina. Surprising, this film's weakest points of not developing character depth by using its star power, namely Brandon Auret (from CHAPPIE fame) top billed as Dr. Reeds. This narrative had great potential to use his acting talents to raise the suspense and horror, instead of employing predictable jump scares.

Yet, the most notable aspect of "Siembamba" (known as "The Lullaby" abroad) that it's an initiative in developing more contemporary South African cinematic horror. Although its marketing has been trying to do a comparison with the Australian film "The Babadook", but this film could probably be compared to an earlier Millennial Italian horror film, "Ghost Son" by Lamberto Bava (also set in a Southern African location).


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed