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The Promise [ Hits:4766 ]
Review: The Promise is a film by Terry George, the same writer-director who brought us the terrifying vision of genocide in Africa, Hotel Rwanda. He's covering an epic romance drama in the same sweeping fashion as David Lean's Doctor Zhivago set against the last days of the Ottoman Empire. The Promise hinges on a love triangle between Mikael, a gifted apothecary turned medical student, Ana, a budding artist and her partner, Chris, an American journalist. While the windswept romance remains centre stage,...

Vir Die Voëls [ Hits:2031 ]
Review: South African film has come a long way as evidenced by Vir Die Voëls or For the Birds, a South African romantic comedy drama with a similar ebb-and-flow to the American sitcom, The Wonder Years. The film is directed by Quentin Krog, who is best known for Ballade vir 'n Enkeling. While Vir Die Voëls also has a dramatic and romantic element, its quirky comedic undertones are carried by a plucky lead character who narrates and stars. We follow Irma Humpel, beginning with her wedding day and then...

Free State [ Hits:2511 ]
Review: Free State is a South African romance drama from writer-director, Salmon de Jager. Known for writing Verraaiers, Roepman and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux, he turned his craft to directing with Musiek vir die Agtergrond and now Free State. His latest drama centres on a forbidden romance between Jeanette, a white Afrikaans girl, and an Indian man named Ravi during the Apartheid era in South Africa. Under the infamous Immorality Act, white and non-white people were prohibited from entering int...

Vir Altyd [ Hits:3039 ]
Review: Vir Altyd is the latest romance comedy drama from film-makers and stars, Donnalee Roberts and Ivan Botha. Their chemistry was established in Pad na jou Hart, also known as Road to your Heart, and the on-screen couple continue to light the way with their heartfelt and pure blend of romance drama and comedy fun. Their latest romantic adventure sees them playing Nina and Hugo, former sweethearts who resume their complicated friendship on an island holiday in Mauritius. The co-lead chemistry is te...

Before We Go [ Hits:2211 ]
Review: Before We Go is a directorial debut for Chris Evans, a Hollywood star who has become synonymous with Captain America. While Evans is best known for his blockbuster appearances, he's starred in the odd romantic comedy and has decided to go behind the camera for Before We Go, an upbeat romance drama and mystery about two strangers whose night of adventures draw them closer. The film follows in the tradition of Before Sunrise and Once, focusing on the relationship of two people,  who develop...

Love the One You Love [ Hits:2191 ]
Review: Love the One You Love could be described as an intimate found footage romance drama. While the shooting style doesn't involve camcorders, the up close and personal style of this low budget film creates a similar fly-on-the-wall feeling as we become acquainted with four people living (and loving) in Cape Town. From a kooky Chinese trinket-infested apartment to the wide open spaces of the Sea Point promenade, our characters find themselves tested by the forces of love. Director, Jenna Bass, has c...

Mooirivier [ Hits:3077 ]
Review: Mooirivier is an Afrikaans romantic comedy drama inspired by films like Love, Actually and Valentine's Day. While set in the build-up to an Easter festival in Potchefstroom, writer-director Rene van Rooyen's first feature film has been released just in time for Valentine's Day. While the format is borrowed, Mooirivier's South African flavour, impressive local soundtrack and eager Afrikaans "romcom" market are sure to make this refresh a hit. We're introduced to several budding romances as a pas...

Leading Lady [ Hits:2897 ]
Review: Leading Lady is the latest film from up-and-coming South African director, Henk Pretorius. His previous film, Fanie Fourie's Lobola, demonstrated his ability to create a surprisingly touching, funny, street smart and distinctly South African romantic comedy. While it's another opposites attract "romcom"... he's broadened the scope by turning Leading Lady into a film with more international appeal. We journey with Jodi (McGrath), an idealistic British school teacher and aspiring actress, who fin...

What If [ Hits:19578 ]
Review: Without the Harry Potter thing, Daniel Radcliffe is a pretty ordinary guy, something we tend to lose sight of when it comes to watching him in just about anything post-2011. He's always been a bit of a cold fish, stubbornly determined yet tempered by his British-ness. Imagining him in a quirky Canadian comedy romance would have been a joke in itself a few years back, but it's now a surprising reality in What If. This offbeat comedy turned romance, originally dubbed The F Word, follows a medical...

Die Windpomp [ Hits:2927 ]
Review: Die Windpomp or The Windmill is a mercurial genre butterfly. What starts out as a quirky, campy and quaint off-beat comedy drama in the style of Wes Anderson, manages to swathe itself in a cocoon of Nicholas Sparks romance and mystery, before emerging as a fantasy romance with much deeper philosophical questions on the nature of love. We follow the misadventures of Henri, a young adult who stumbles upon a retirement village's secret after moving in with his ailing grandfather. Writer-director,...