Director: Leli Maki
Starring: Renate Stuurman, Diaan Lawrenson
Timid housewife Megan (Diaan Lawrenson) has her perfect white picket fence life thrown into chaos when it’s revealed that her husband, Lloyd (Neels van Jaarsveld), is facing a heavy prison sentence for tax evasion. In Table Manners, Megan is sent into a tailspin as she not only loses her husband, but her home and picturesque comfortable suburban life. At the same time she also finds herself implicated in the tax fraud and is facing jail time herself.
With her luck dwindling and with nothing to her name, Megan goes on a journey of rediscovering who she really is. With the help of her son Devan (Julian Robinson) and her best friend, Lindiwe (Renate Stuurman), Megan finds comfort and hope in her life-long love and passion for cooking. In the end Megan learns that the path back to herself begins with realising that she’s enough and all she needs is her family, food and love.
Table Manners gets you thinking about what your reaction would be when life comes at you hard to test your adult skills. It shows that no matter how great your life is, if you land up on the wrong side of the law it will not help you much or even at all. While Table Manners would not be my first choice for a movie to watch, the fact that it was done by two black creatives was what sparked my interest.
SA Film and Television Award-winning writer and actress Nkuli Sibeko wrote the script and Maki makes his directorial theatrical debut. The film does have the feel of those December-time over-repeated M-Net type of films.
Stuurman’s acting is a firm highlight, but the score was overkill and the story line could have moved at a slightly faster pace. Table Manners is a cute film that’s not too bad to watch.
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