Movie: Nothing for Mahala

By admin
04 October 2013

This movie is a sophisticated, illuminating and life-affirming human comedy about growing old gracefully, staying true to yourself as a human being and keeping promises.

Comedy. With Marius Weyers, Thapelo Mokoena and Kenneth Nkosi. Director: Rolie Nikiwe. PG. Starts 11 October.

Look at the poster and be honest: do you anticipate another crude South African comedy brimming with stereotypes, bad language and political and sexual innuendos? If that’s the case set aside your prejudices. This movie comes from the same stable as the brilliant Material (2012) and with the respected Ronnie Apteker as producer there’s not a chance it could disappoint. It’s a sophisticated, illuminating and life-affirming human comedy about growing old gracefully, staying true to yourself as a human being and keeping promises. It concerns a young upstart (well played by talented and energetic Thapelo Mokoena) who has to do 200 hours of community service at an old age home – but he has a selfish agenda. Mokoena’s comic timing is impeccable and the great Marius Weyers delivers a sturdy performance opposite him. They fully support and complement each other’s acting styles. But it’s the unhurried and unaffected script with instantly recognisable SA characters from all walks of life that turns the film into one of the greatest surprises of the year. The director shows respect and compassion for the characters in a comedy that will resonate with all cultures and audiences. See it and rediscover good SA filmmaking! Rating 3/5

- Leon van Nierop

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