MOVIE: Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

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22 February 2013

Welcome back, Henk Pretorius; your Bakgat sins are forgiven!

Rated: 3/5 Romantic comedy With Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Zethu Dhlomo and Jerry Mofokeng Director: Henk Pretorius 7-9 PG Opens 1 March

Welcome back, Henk Pretorius; your Bakgat sins are forgiven! The man who, with Danie Bester, was responsible for the popular Bakgat movies has changed direction and made a current, mainly English-language film on a subject many writers and directors would be afraid to tackle. With co-writer Janine Eser he tells the story of a farm boy (Van Jaarsveldt) who falls in love with a Zulu girl (Dlomo) and the effect this has on their families, friends and parents. The theme is handled more tastefully and with more subtle humour and insight into the nature of relationships than similar films such as I Now Pronounce You Black and White. The writers’ understanding of sensitive South African issues, along with their witty dialogue and imaginative situations, makes the film accessible to a wide audience. Van Jaarsveldt unfortunately doesn’t play the role of Fanie with any authority and there’s little screen chemistry between him and Dlomo, but this movie has its heart in the right place and its clever, brave exploration of a situation this country is seeing more and more will make people laugh and inspire spirited debate. Which is exactly what a good film is supposed to do. Take a chance and see it! – LEON VAN NIEROP Free Screening  What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu gal fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola? Find out in the new movie Fanie Fourie’s Lobola. It opens on March 1 in cinemas but you can win free tickets to an exclusive premiere screening hosted by YOU/Huisgenoot on Thursday 28 February at selected cinemas around the country. To claim your tickets go to www.you.co.za or check out our Facebook page.

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