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What Wolwedans In Die Skemer manages to achieve is magical. Wolwedans in die SkemerWolwedans In Die Skemer follows the story of a young woman, Sonja Daneel, who has an accident just outside Hotel Njala in Hazyview and loses her memory.

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The movie showcases some favourite South African actors at their best. Wolwedans In Die Skemer was written by Leon van Nierop and directed by the amazing young director Jozua Malherbe – be sure to watch out for this guy in the future.

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The strength and magnitude of their performances is truly astonishing. From the start of the film, you are sucked into a fictitious world of mysterious people and their secrets, where scary things happen and no one knows why.

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Wolwedans in die Skemer

Storyline

Shrouded in a veil of mystery, Sonja Daneel arrives at the luxurious Hotel Njala, which belongs to the Joubert family, to start as the establishment's new receptionist. However, following a freak car accident, Daleen can't remember who she is, where she comes from or why she chose to accept a position at this place. With the help of the cynical lieutenant Conrad Nolte, Sonja hesitantly sweeps aside the veil of her forgotten memories and begins to uncover disturbing details about Hotel Njala and the Jouberts. A series of murders shocks all involved with the Hotel to the core. Sonja Daneel realises - only by confronting her true identity can she save her life and put the ghost that has haunted her past to rest.

Wolwedans always has an air of mystery to it, a latent intensity that rears its head but never quite comes into full view, similar to the wolf on a hunt – this however is one of the many issues in the film. It’s all good and well to hold back until the last possible moment but in Wolwedans, they take the ‘last minute’ concept a bit too literally, with the climax lasting only a few moments. The punchline isn’t bad, but there is no reason why the rest of the film had to be bland until we reach that point. Looking further into it, I realise that it must have been a tough ordeal to condense such a long running story into one and a half hours, but for a standard length film, it moves awfully slowly thanks to it’s largely uneventful nature.

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The Target

Somehow, Afrikaans films have a universal appeal to Afrikaaners…whether this is genuine target marketing or an unfounded devotion to patriotism, I can’t tell, but if you liked the TV series or radio drama, this should hit the spot. The spoken language is Afrikaans, but there are helpful subtitles that for the most part make sense.

The Bottom Line

Wolwedans in die Skemer is a beautiful film, stunningly shot and a real visual treat. Sadly, visuals can only take a movie so far. Adapting a long running series into a standard length motion picture can’t have been an easy task, and it shows as the pacing is incredibly unbalanced with multiple dead zones along the way. The acting is another high point, with the typical South African talent, incestuously leaking through. Throughout all of this, I feel that the script has been realised as best it could, it’s nothing special but at least it is watchable and one of the better local offerings of 2012

Finally we can say that a new era for South African films has dawned. These are exciting times – time to say goodbye to the slapstick, badly executed films that South African audiences have had to put up with until now.

Wolwedans In Die Skemer follows the story of a young woman, Sonja Daneel, who has an accident just outside Hotel Njala in Hazyview and loses her memory. She soon gets involved in the unpredictable lives of the family that owns Hotel Njala, which has a mysterious (and sometimes spooky) feel about it.

We follow Sonja as she meets the resident tour guide, Ryno Lategan, who promises to help her get her memory back. As the story develops, you can't help but wonder whether Sonja really wants to remember everything; sometimes the truth can be a scary thing, especially when it involves the people of Hotel Njala.

Mysterious people and their secrets

What Wolwedans In Die Skemer manages to achieve is magical. From the start of the film, you are sucked into a fictitious world of mysterious people and their secrets, where scary things happen and no one knows why. As if that is not enough, you are thrown between realities with all the twists and dark corners of the plot, only to be spat out at the end of the movie with so much information to process that you feel like bursting out in tears.

The movie showcases some favourite South African actors at their best. They managed to give the characters depth and watching them come to life on the silver screen gives you goose bumps. The strength and magnitude of their performances is truly astonishing. But I have to mention, you can only expect brilliance if you cast real actors (be gone with the music artists in films).

Wolwedans In Die Skemer was written by Leon van Nierop and directed by the amazing young director Jozua Malherbe – be sure to watch out for this guy in the future. The cast includes: Lelia Etsebeth, Karen Wessels, Rolanda Marais, Desire Gardner, David Louw, Andre Roothman, Riana Wilkens, Jaques Bessenger, Gerard Rudolf, and Illse Roos.

Wolwedans In Die Skemer will be released in cinemas on 5 October, 2012. It is in Afrikaans with English subtitles. Watch the trailer here:

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Wolwedans In Die Skemer was written by Leon van Nierop and directed by the amazing young director Jozua Malherbe – be sure to watch out for this guy in the future. The cast includes: Lelia Etsebeth, Karen Wessels, Rolanda Marais, Desire Gardner, David Louw, Andre Roothman, Riana Wilkens, Jaques Bessenger, Gerard Rudolf, and Illse Roos.


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