1 April 2014 | patrienkie
I started watching this movie late at night, confusing it with another movie I've seen parts of, also involving an interracial marriage. I have to admit, I'm not much of a fan of Afrikaans movies, even though I am Afrikaans speaking myself, because there are so few really stunning Afrikaans movies (even if subtitled as it is here). I think I started watching about 15 minutes into the movie, but with every minute that passed, I became more intrigued. As far as I know, modern black women in South Africa, no longer practice the tradition of lobola, so some of it probably takes a suspension in belief. However, towards the end of the movie, it felt like a universal movie theme to me, this modern tale of Romeo and Juliet, set against the backdrop of modern day South Africa and the challenges couples of different cultures face, because even though South Africans think they have come a long way in embracing the 'world view', so to speak, entrenched in their hearts, there is still a strong fall-back to tradition. What stands out even more than that though, is that like in all great love stories, it often is not the couple having the difficulty in adjusting and living in harmony, but obviously their friends and family, who all bring their own views and prejudice into the mix. Isn't that what makes successful, enduring unions after all, the ability to cling to one another despite adversity and draw their strength and validation from each other? I hope you all enjoy the movie as much as I did. English is not my first language, so I hope this is linguistically correct!