Shoki Mokgapa in Sink. (NuMetro)
Shoki Mokgapa in Sink. (NuMetro)

What it's about:

Sink tells the story of Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, who is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter dies while under the care of her employers, Michelle and Chris Jordaan. She can either return to poverty-stricken Mozambique or continue working for the people responsible for the death of her child so that she can keep her home, her visa and continue to support her family. Things become even more complicated when she finds out that her employers are expecting their first child and Sink explores how three people come to terms with loss, grief and forgiveness.

What we thought:

Afrikaans films are coming out guns blazing. With a new movie being released at least every month, local film producers are upping the game from one project to the next. 

Sink, a heartbreakingly beautiful film, centres on Rachel, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, who is forced to make a life-changing decision after her daughter tragically dies whilst under the care of her employer. 

Written and directed by Brett Michael Innes the film takes on a devastating monster of a story that will undoubtedly have you crying your eyes out by the end. 

Themes of death, guilt and social imbalances are mercilessly explored and dissected. The raw emotions that are exposed are however delicately wrapped up in subtle blue, grey and white tones. The pastel colours that are used throughout the film make for an eerily calm setting that hosts a crushing story. 

This intricate attention to detail takes this gripping masterpiece to the next level and sets it apart from other local productions.

Sink’s surface breaking factor is however its talented lead cast. Anel Alexander, Jacques Bessenger and Shoki Mokgapa deliver heart-wrenching performances that unapologetically force us to confront our deepest fears and darkest secrets.

Their unfiltered portrayals of familiar South-African archetypes give the film a realness that will resonate with all audiences. 

Sink is a triumph of a film that explores love and loss so fearlessly that it will leave you breathless and shake you to your core.  

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