Fanie Fourie’s Lobola
Director: Henk Pretorius
Writer: Henk Pretorius, Janine Eser
Based on: Nape’a Motana‘s novel
Cast: Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Zethu Dhlomo, Jerry Mofokeng, Marga van Rooy, Motlatsi Mafatshe
[I got a screener of this film.]
When Fanie (Eduan van Jaarsveldt) is dared to ask out Dinky (Zethu Dhlomo), things don’t look very promising at first. But then Dinky agrees to come to Fanie’s brother’s wedding – if Fanie has dinner with her and her father to try and get him to stop setting her up. But what starts as a practical arrangement ends up being genuine care. Even if things aren’t made easier by Fanie being Africaans and Dinky Zulu.
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (a lobola is a traditional dowry procedure in South Africa) is one of the sweetest films I’ve recently seen. It’s cute and romantic and funny. It touches on the racial issues in an intelligent way but doesn’t let them take over. I loved it.