Fanie Fourie's Labola (DVD)
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Fanie Fourie, an Afrikaans guy, designs custom cars that resemble African animals. He lives with his mother in an insulated world that looks like the old South Africa. On a dare, he asks Dinky Magubane, a beautiful Zulu woman, to come with him to his brother’s wedding. She agrees, on condition that he will pretend to be her boyfriend so she can stop her traditional father from pressuring her into marriage.
Although their relationship begins as a contrivance to irk their families, soon the feelings get deeper. They are bonded by a shared sense of humour and a want something more than what their parents expect. But, as they navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola (the traditional Zulu bride price) their relationship falls apart.
Filled with humorous but hard-hitting social commentary, the film is an edgy fairy tale about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society.
Nikolay, South Africa. 4 October 2013
Wow, I missed it on the big screen, but I think this is movie to have in the home video library.
Funny and rough in scenes, but shows true and inconvenient truth of South Africa. With humour that might insult people on both sides..
Cultural clashes we experience everyday,
New generation that wants to (I hope) live together and brake out of some old and archaic patriarchal traditions, but does not reject it at full ,but gives different options .
The girl does not reject the labola but the way is done and without her opinion or approval, She still want's it but from the man she loves. And he goes all the way for he even this is completely grey area for him.
The cast are very good and professional, New faces and old ones. I can say it is world class move.
And the truth of mixed relationships, when they were first time "together", they agreed that if they get serious in the relationship, they have to be ready for looks ,disapproval and insults from both sides of the racial line.
But isn't it that exiting ? To brake "some" rules?
That's Progress! If the humans did not brake some rules , it wouldn't been great explorers, New world discoveries, If everyone obeyed the rules and norms put by "society" and not question some of them. we would still walk on 4 legs and claim trees... :-)
Other must have SA movies are : Soweto Green, White Wedding, Paradise Stop, Gods might be crazy 1&2,all Leon Schuster Classics ,District 9...:-)
Colin, South Africa. 15 December 2015
Wonderful movie. This is my Christmas gift to all my family.
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