WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
The Afrikaans drama plays off in a hotel room somewhere in South Africa over five episodes each with its own story, characters, and genres. The episodes are linked together by Marceline (Lida Botha), the charming housekeeper with her head in the clouds. She leads the string of diverse characters through their own personal struggles, romances, and tragedies.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
Tuesday nights on kykNET have turned into an absolute feast for those with a fine palate when it comes to television shows.
With both Slot and 4 Mure, the Afrikaans TV channel is showing that it can effortlessly compete on an international level when it comes to the creativity and quality of its content. Both shows are also available on Showmax after airing on DStv 144 weekly. There it sits confidently next to its global competitors.
The concept of the show, which will seem familiar to viewers of HBO’s Room 104, was brought to fruition due to the restrictions surrounding filming during the pandemic. The concept of having one location, alternating actors, and separate storylines meant being able to bring a multi-character series to life without unnecessary exposure to Covid-19 risks.
4 Mure plays off in one hotel room with each of the five episodes introducing a new story and cast. The episodes are linked together by the character of Marcelina, a housekeeper, who is masterfully portrayed by veteran actress Lida Botha. Every episode also explores a different genre including sci-fi, horror, thriller, romance, and drama. (Eagle-eyed viewers might spot some hidden Easter eggs that also link the episodes together.)
Directed by Jaco Bouwer (Die Spreeus, Dwaalster) and written by Tertius Kapp (Griekwastad, Die Spreeus), 4 Mure is a beautifully crafted limited series that does a lot with limited space, time, and resources. By forcing the story to unfold within four walls, the creators are driven to explore a magnitude of innovative and smart storytelling techniques to capture the attention of the audience and have them coming back for more.
Beer Adriaanse delivers a powerful punch in the very first episode that really does set the tone for the show and announces with a bang that viewers are in for a treat. 4 Mure also stars Johan Botha (married to Lida), Charlton George, Deon Lotz, Tarryn Wyngaard, Tinarie van Wyk-Loots, Wessel Pretorius, Gerwen Weinheimer, Ilse-lee van Niekerk, Brent Vermeulen, Devonecia Swartz, Melanie du Bois, and Carel Nel.
This isn’t your mom’s type of Afrikaans TV show (with the greatest respect to your mom, of course). This is edgy Afrikaans with a foreign, subtitled, indie look and feel to it. It’s got an air of Wes Anderson in its visual representation (including yellow subtitles) and maybe even a hint of Ryan Murphy in the styling. The storylines bubble with that Black Mirror type of secrecy that feel fresh, clever, and unexpected.
I’m loving what kykNET is doing and I can’t wait to see more.
WATCH A PREVIEW HERE:
4 Mure airs Tuesdays at 20:30 on kykNET (DStv 144) and is also available to stream on Showmax.