Dis Koue Kos, Skat

Anna-Mart van der Merwe. (Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios)
Anna-Mart van der Merwe. (Karoo Film Company & Welela Studios)

What it's about:

When Clara Brand discovers that her husband, Bernard, is cheating on her with her friend and colleague, Anais, things take a turn for the worse. Caught between a collapsing marriage, a ruined friendship and being a mother to her two children, Clara moves her family from Johannesburg to Cape Town in an attempt to start afresh. Here, Clara rediscovers her passion for food, begins new friendships and re-enters the world of dating for the first time in twenty years, all the while plotting her revenge on the people who wronged her.

What we thought:

Dis Koue Kos, Skat is a local film you can truly sink your teeth into. Based on the book by Marita van der Vyver it explores the trials and tribulations of divorce and the sudden shock of being alone after sharing most of your life with someone else. 

A well-written screen adaptation combined with the impressive directing skills of Etienne Fourie delivers a wonderful movie that is truly worth the watch. 

The veteran cast of actors are the icing on the already delicious cake. Anna-Mart van der Merwe once again effortlessly proves why she is undoubtedly South Africa’s top actress. 

Her portrayal of Clara is done with such commitment that you can’t help but be dragged into the story. She completely embodies the character with such honesty that watching her on the big screen is nothing but a pleasure. 

Add to that the energetic and hilarious performance by Elzabé Zietsman in the role of Minette and you’ve got a winning recipe. Zietsman and Van der Merwe make a dynamic duo and gives the South African audience two strong female characters on the big screen – something we rarely, if ever, get to see in local cinema. 

The male characters, although brilliantly portrayed by Deon Lotz and Frank Opperman, take a backseat and allow the film to tell a different story to your usual male dominant rom-com.  

Dis Koue Kos, Skat shines thanks to its attention to detail, mouth-watering dishes, beautiful cinematography, A-list cast and world-class direction. It truly is a feast for the eyes in every sense of the word.

The film will leave you feeling satisfied and happy – like when you’ve just devoured your mom’s delicious homemade Sunday roast.