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From the very beginning of the film, it is obvious that Francois is obsessed with Christian (played with a steady happy-go-lucky focus by Charlie Keegan) who is both the boyfriend of one of Francois's daughters and his best friend's son. This obsession sends Francois spiraling out of control and leads to an event that I did not see coming. I won't give anything else away, but I highly recommend this movie for fans of excellent, thought-provoking character studies that aren't wrapped with a bow.
Family man Francois van Heerden is a haven of many secrets. Secrets that deteriorate as well as rot the insides. In his endurance of life's test and family matters, François is able to keep an expected straight face in his daily dealings as he slowly asphyxiates for attention from his daughter's mate Christian. Christian, on the other hand, not only regards Francois as an elderly figure worthy of respect due to friendship ties with his father but refers to him as "uncle", an adoptive role soon to be tested by an ever raging need to relate in highly improbable ways unbeknown to an oblivious Christian . However, we get the sense that Christian honestly looked up to Francois as an additional father figure source.
The platonic dealings slowly eats away at Francois as he repeatedly insists Christian refer to him by his name in order to detract from the connecting familiar upbringing which seems to awkwardly remind Francois to hold back on his planned intentions. Effective scheming leads to the an extremely troubling conclusion based on a number of deliberate choices and sequential actions meant to pander to the vile objectives to be executed.Read more ›
The characters are bilingual; the movie's dialog is about 30% English and 70% Afrikaans, often switching back and forth several times within a single sentence. That would be okay if either both languages were subtitled (the best solution) or if the English were not spoken with a pronounced South African accent—but instead they chose to subtitle ONLY the words in Afrikaans.
Often I found myself wondering why the subtitles suddenly stopped in the middle of a sentence only to realize too late that they were speaking English now and I was supposed to know what they were saying. That's a big mistake. It would have cost them practically nothing to subtitle the English too, but they didn't. It became less of problem later in the movie just because I got used to it, but it never ceased to be a distraction. That's the main reason I deducted one star.
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he is a marries man with a kid. gets off on other men. stalks one and rapes him violently.
well. so wuchu gonnadoo
I hate the fact et the end he got away for what he did and I know it shows how these old men get to these young guys but still he shoulda been killed or in jail cause I was pissed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow, this has some disturbing scenes, definitely kept my attention, but some folks can really be messed up emotionally!Published 4 months ago by John L
1. ... I added this film to my collection Mid of 2013 from Ware House Inc - "used in good condition" ... and just got to watching it. WHAT A SURPRISE ... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Olaf Wernicke
A highly disturbing and ultimately violent story of a deeply closeted married man whose repressed sexuality leads to the devastating climax of the film. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by robfranjo
I see a lot of reviewers liked this film. For me, the first hour and twenty minutes were painfully boring, some of the slowest moving scenes I've witnessed in film. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Go