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A coloured woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs.
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Zenobia Kloppers ... Fiela Komoetie
Luca Bornman Luca Bornman ... Benjamin Komoetie Jnr
Wayne Smith Wayne Smith ... Benjamin Komoetie Snr
Drikus Volschenk ... Elias van Rooyen
Cindy Swanepoel Cindy Swanepoel ... Barta van Rooyen
Wayne Van Rooyen Wayne Van Rooyen ... Selling Komoetie (as Wayne van Rooyen)
Chiara Roodt Chiara Roodt ... Nina van Rooyen Jnr
Melissa Willering Melissa Willering ... Nina van Rooyen Snr
André Stolz André Stolz ... Lange
Willie Ludik Willie Ludik ... Dikke
Gerald Steyn ... Willem van Rooyen
Leighman Marshall Leighman Marshall ... Dawid Komoetie Jnr
Morne Steyn Morne Steyn ... Dawid Komoetie Snr
Mateo Olivier Mateo Olivier ... Tollie Komoetie Jnr
Stefan Erasmus Stefan Erasmus ... Tollie Komoetie Snr
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A coloured woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs.

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Comparisons are Odious
19 January 2020 | by wim-vorsterSee all my reviews

Yet when two film versions of the same novel are made, it's somehow impossible not to compare.

I'm in the habit of never reading reports or reviews on films or theatre shows before seeing it myself. The following is therefore my uninfluenced and undiluted opinion.

Let me start off by saying that I've seen various stage productions and synch translated the Chris Barnard (screenplay) Katinka Heyns (direction) 1987 version of Fiela se Kind from Afrikaans to English. Moreover, I met Dalene Matthee in 1978, became friends and read the novel on publication in 1985. I'm therefore more than acquainted with the plot/story and characters.

Brett Michael Innes's treatment both in scriptwriting and direction is laudably restrained and austere. In his retelling of this tale of fate, cruelty and tragedy, the central theme speaks crystal clear: love knows no boundaries, a mother's love least of all.

IMDb is not the place, neither has the space, to do a dissertation, Suffice it to say that I was not reduced to tears, but to sobs, owing to that exact honesty, sincerity and restraint.

Fiela se Kind the movie 1987 was a good movie and the character a performance. Even a good performance. With a great performance by Lida Botha as Berta van Rooyen, the forest mother. Fiela se Kind 2019 is an experience and the character by means of Zenobia Kloppers a human being. She ripped my heart out. So did the other characters. Not a trace of acting. Honesty, simplicity, sincerity. There is nothing ostentatious or showy.

The contrast between the whitewashed KleinKaroo farmstead and the forest hut speaks volumes in itself. Coloured people sitting at table eating with cutlery versus whites using their hands. Class is not confined to colour or race,


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