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Die Wonderwerker

2012-09-11 11:39
 
What it's about:

Eugene Marais was not only a remarkable poet and naturalist, but an extraordinary person whose life was a continuous source of drama and controversy. In 1908, he is a qualified lawyer who has just spent a solitary 2 years living amongst the baboons of the remote Waterberg; studying their habits.

On his way to Nylstroom, in the grip of a Malaria induced fever, he stops on a farm looking for drinking water. Observing his weakness and the seriousness of his illness, Gys van Rooyen and his wife Maria take him into their home to recover.

Maria leads an unfulfilled life and she is lonely. The forty year old Eugene Marais is attractive, charming and mysterious. She, as many women before her, falls in love with him. There are two others resident in the house, the Van Rooyen's son Adriaan, and a seventeen year old adopted daughter Jane Brayshaw.

Twelve years earlier Marais' young wife, Aletta, died giving birth to their only child, something he was never able to process. Jane is a striking embodiment of her. Gradually he realizes he is losing his heart to her. And she reciprocates. What further complicates matters is that the young Adriaan is himself smitten with Jane.

Eugene Marais' secret demon is his morphine addiction. He is a high functioning addict- whose behaviour is only effected when he doesn't use it. Maria discovers his secret. In an attempt to not only curb his addiction but also to assert control over him, she confiscates his morphine and begins rationing it back to him.

This leads to a love quadrangle, like a time bomb ticking. Inevitably ticking....
 


She has a dream. He has a past.

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evert 9/18/2012 8:11 AM
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This is not a review, it's simply a synopsis of the movie. News24 seems to do this quite often. Lazy lazy lazy. My rating below is for this sub par article, and not the actual movie, I haven't seen it.
Andriane 9/30/2012 5:28 PM
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Well-portrayed character sketch. Good acting. Lovely photography with magnificent colours. Sadly and disappointing, not enough about Die Wonderwerker, an amazing man, way ahead of his time, - and far too much focus on everyday, ever-occurring 'boring' relationships - which inevitably lead to all too common emotional turmoils. A soppy love story?
Delicia 10/3/2012 11:07 AM
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Make an effort to see the film, because the Wonderwerker is a true reflection of the immense talent of the writer, the director, the cast, the actors, and everybody else who made this film possible. The photography, the costumes, the incredible acting and the synergy between all of the combined talents, makes this truthfully a world class film. The film mainly focuses once attention on the forbidden love, hope and personal desires of the characters in their own setting, but it does not fail to present you with a fascinating narrative of the unusual, Eugene Marais.
Ria Keast 10/4/2012 7:23 AM
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What I would call 'a heart-rendering' movie. Absolutely beautiful with immense talent of both the writer and cast. World class indeed !
Matthew Freemantle 10/9/2012 11:18 PM
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Extremely poor review. Does the film no justice whatsoever.
Hilde Pretorius 10/10/2012 3:08 PM
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The film is brilliant on so many levels and both young and old find something or someone to relate to. It showcasts the best South Africa has to offer (landscape, acting, filmmaking & literature) and offers a bitter-sweet portrait of Marais (keeping in mind the fact that he later commited suicide). Have to admit, after watching twice, I too have been "mesmeraais-ed"!
Meg 10/20/2012 8:11 PM
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Agree with Andriane. Very boring, although whole production done well.
Susan 10/21/2012 3:09 PM
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What an outstanding movie - we were entranced throughout. The acting is sublime and the script, directing and editing is masterful. I highly recommend it. Superb!
Leon 10/25/2012 11:46 AM
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This is a stunning movie. Outstanding acting, directing, film making at is best. WOW you have to go and see this movie. It is stunning!!!!!!! The best South African movie ever made.!!!!!
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