Monday, July 22, 2013

Film Review 'Layla Fourie'

Now and again you get a little gem that pops up.
This week I attended the premiere of 'Layla Fourie' at the Durban International
Film Festival and I have to say that this is one of those gems.


From the moment it begins you hear some amazing music.  The score is simply superb.
Featuring music by Bachar Khalif`e.

Layla Fourie is all about a young single mother who becomes a polygraphist.  A job itself
that involves lies, lots of them.  She has to go to a casino and interview potential staff
for various positions.  This part is well played by Rayna Campbell.  She has a great way
of saying something without saying something.

Along the way she meets Eugene Pienaar (August Diehl) and their paths cross  many times.

Keep an eye on Layla's son Kane (Rapule Hendricks)  a young talent to watch.

Look out for a nice cameo by master actor Rapulana Seiphemo.

This film is full of lies, half-truths and paranoia.

If you want to learn how to make movies go and watch this film as you will see some nice
scenes where dialogue is not needed.  Watch how director Pia Marais does this.

This film has many co-producers and was produced by 3 countries from Europe , Germany, France, The Netherlands and also by South Africa.  It was shot on location around SA and some scenes were even shot around Durban, South Africa.

Pia told us at the premiere that it is common knowledge that many European countries
work together to make films.  It is just how they do things.

It is well acted, well written, well directed, has great editing and fantastic music.

One can see why it won a special mention at the Berlin Film Festival.

Rating 9/10

'Layla Fourie'  is showing at the Durban International Film Festival.
Next shows
23 July 19h45 Musgrave
27 July 16h30 Musgrave

Review by +Fred Felton
Tweet me what you think of the film @fredfelton and use the hashtag #Diff2013

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