Ek Lief Jou

2011-06-01 18:13
 
Ek Lief Jou
What it's about:

Dirk de Jong (played by Kurt Darren) is a South African singing superstar with a heart of gold and a gold-digging bitch for an agent/fiancée in Lisa Snyders (Christina Storm). Together they concoct a massive nationwide campaign to find the 'perfect' young woman to appear alongside Dirk in his latest music video. Enter Anna de Clerck (Ilse de Vis), a hard-nosed reporter from Belgium sent to cover the event in SA and possibly, just maybe, discover her own talents as an entertainer.

What we thought:

Your appreciation of Ek Lief Jou will depend largely on your reaction to a line our romantic hero Dirk de Jong utters early in the movie. Freshly snubbed by distinguished journalist Anna, Dirk asks his younger brother, "Do I look braindead? Am I so superficial?" all puppy dog-eyed and utterly sincere. It’s a short, simple piece of dialogue but if it causes you to break into spasms of laughter, then you’re probably watching Ek Lief Jou to be ironic. If it melts your heart and gets you excited about joining Dirk on his journey of discovery, then you’re most probably a Darren fan already and the first to break out into his hit song "Kaptein" at family braais.

Either way, you’ll know what to expect from Ek Lief Jou. It’s a cheesy, almost sickeningly earnest romantic comedy about 'true love' and finding out what it really means. It starts off with mysterious shots of a bride and groom walking down a church aisle as a female voice philosophises on the matter.

Then we're zoomed off to a Belgian TV studio where Dirk de Jong is being interviewed about his superstar status back home and how much he loves helping poor kids by giving them free copies of his CDs. Those must really keep them warm at night. When he first meets Anna, Belguim's answer to Debora Patta, it's apathy at first sight and Anna has to practically be dragged to SA to cover the scintillating story of Dirk's contest to find his perfect pop video meisie. "X Factor! Idols! That's all people are interested in these days," her eccentric editor insists.

Though when the audition process starts with an array of women – young, old, obsessive, not-quite-women at all – performing a little jig onstage for Dirk and the other 'judges', it all ends as unspectacularly when they spot Anna mocking the contestants in the background, acting sexy, and decide that she's their girl after all. And that's kinda that. Anyone looking for a fun, tongue-in-cheek comment on reality TV competitions will be sorely disappointed.

Elsewhere, Dirk's horny half-brother Danie (Andre Frauenstein) chases every skirt that comes his way but is actually looking for real love. He gets into a few amusing battles with Lisa – there's no love lost between the two – and Dirk is either blissfully unaware of the war going on in his own home or is just happy to be distracted by a couple of performing monkeys.

To say that Christina Storm is a scene-stealer as Dirk's wretchedly self-serving fiancée is to say that she robs every scene of meaning the moment she opens her mouth. She has one facial expression - the bitchy smirk - and lets it do all the work for her. Not that she gets much help from the rest of the cast.

Darren pretty much plays himself – an overgrown Justin Bieber with ridiculous hair in flared, stone-washed jeans. Whatever personality he has is communicated solely in song and the movie only feels real when he sits down to play a little number on his guitar. What he lacks in the charisma department (i.e. a lot) he makes up for with a pleasant singing voice and some decent songs. Familiar hits like "Kaptein" and "Standing on the Edge" are rolled out like comforting relics. The music is perhaps the one department Ek Lief Jou doesn’t come off looking amateurish. Though we never even get to see this haloed music video around which the entire plot revolves. Did the writers forget about it?

There's just no escaping that the storytelling going on here is unfocused, lacklustre and not, in any way, advancing the wonderful work being done elsewhere in Afrikaans film (Jakhalsdans, Roepman, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom). And for a schmaltzy romance, Ek Lief Jou seems almost determined to deny the audience an epic emotional pay-off. In one scene, Storm flashes her breasts during a playful game of rugby. Even if she'd pulled that stunt in every scene, it would not have made the movie any more remarkable.

That said, Ek Lief Jou does make for some lekker drinking game fodder. And, if you're in the right frame of mind, it can be a chortle-fest.


A cheesy, almost sickeningly earnest Afrikaans romantic comedy about 'true love'. One for Kurt Darren fans as well as anyone looking for a good, ironic chortle-fest.
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Jake 2011/06/02 11:02 AM
Wat 'n klomp Str0nt!!!!
Anne Stander 2011/06/02 2:00 PM
Ek gaan beslis die fliek kyk
Anne Stander 2011/06/02 2:00 PM
Ek gaan beslis die fliek kyk
Kay 2011/06/02 2:22 PM
What does Christina Storm know about true love...net n klomp bollie...tyd mors. Will never go see this amateur actors. and Kurt Darren...duhhhhhhhh..cant even sing let alone act
Pieter van Zyl 2011/06/02 3:12 PM
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Ek is baie bly om te sien die Afrikaanse kultuur word steeds versterk deur verskeie produksies. Dis hoe 'n volk groei. @Jake en Kay, julle sal nie verstaan waaroor dit vir ons ware Afrikaners gaan nie en ons hou dit nie teen julle nie.
Jake 2011/06/02 3:36 PM
@ Pieter Ek is so Afrikaans soos kan kom (Jake is natuurlik net 'n skuilnaam) ... maar die algemene Afrikaanse Musiek die afgelope 10 jaar is vir my soos naels op die skryfbord ... geen intellegensie wat in lerieke gaan nie en die musiek self is iets wat baie mense tot selfmoord kan dryf EN dan wil dieslefde mense nog boonop probeer flieks maak. Ek het net die voorskou gesien en gedog dis 'n flippen grap. Die eens se hare staan hoër en meer regop as die ander een. En wat my nog meer afsit is die feit dat een ou 'n "treffer" uitbring, dan sing almal dit. Klomp mense wat 'n loopbaan daarvan maak en niks oorspronkliks kan doen nie. Nee dankie, nie vir my nie.
Kay 2011/06/02 4:06 PM
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Hear...hear Jake.. Daar het jy dit Pieter... reg uit die perd se bek.. no offence but really people have better things to do than watch this st*o*t
kate 2011/06/02 11:18 PM
snaaks hoe iemand n skuilnaam moet gebruik om uitgesproke te wees,regtig?shame ek sou ook bang gewees het as ek aanmerkings oor n fliek gemaak het wat ek nog nie eers gekyk het nie,kom nou ondersteun eerder bietjie die bedryf en wees deel van die wat verseker dat die bedryf kan groei.o ja en mens hoef nie n fan van kurt te wees om te sien hoekom sy loopbaan bly groei.word groot
kate 2011/06/02 11:24 PM
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en kay,ken jy christina persoonlik??weet jy wat werklik wie sy is?moet jou nie uitlaat oor mense van wie jy absoluut niks weet nie,klink my eerder jy weet(wat was jou woorde) "bollie",kry jou maar jammer jy klink maar vir my na n hartseer mens.kry iets beters om met jou tyd te doen
kate 2011/06/02 11:24 PM
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en kay,ken jy christina persoonlik??weet jy wat werklik wie sy is?moet jou nie uitlaat oor mense van wie jy absoluut niks weet nie,klink my eerder jy weet(wat was jou woorde) "bollie",kry jou maar jammer jy klink maar vir my na n hartseer mens.kry iets beters om met jou tyd te doen
Conrad 2011/06/03 2:11 PM
Goeie hemel, Spurt Sperm is deesdae amper net so dik soos ek. Maar ek is steeds slimmer.
marie 2011/06/04 10:35 AM
O wee, wat 'n disaster, disgrace... Hoe red mens so 'n volk? Wie speel touch rugby ( en veloor jou top) en kroukie op 'n wildsplaas? Kan mens 'n minus rate
VEE 2011/06/05 8:19 PM
WERKLIK SWAK.....SAL DIT NIE AANRAAI OM TE GAAN KYK!
Annie 2011/06/06 7:19 AM
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Ek is 'n baie groot Kurt Darren aanhanger en ook afrikaanse fliek aanhanger. Ek het Jakkalsdans en Liefling gesien, asook Hanna Hoekom en Susanna van Biljon. Dus het ek baie uitgesien na "Ek lief jou" van Kurt Darren. Maar ek is sooooo teleurgesteld. Die storie was voorspelbaar en teleurstellend. Ek het regtig gedink dat Kurt in 'n fliek met bietjie meer styl sal kan speel. Sorry Kurt.
Dalene 2011/06/08 12:14 PM
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as julle nie daarvan hou nie moet dit nie gaan kyk nie. doen enige een van julle dalt toneel of sing julle - nie - sp bly stil
Dalene 2011/06/08 12:14 PM
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as julle nie daarvan hou nie moet dit nie gaan kyk nie. doen enige een van julle dalt toneel of sing julle - nie - sp bly stil
delia botha 2011/06/10 5:45 PM
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Christina Storm oorspeel haar rol geheel en al. Sy is regtig nie n aktrise nie. En die gesigsuitdrukkings en leggaamsbewegings. Kon die regisseur haar nie reghelp nie. Was daaar regtig niemand anders om die rol te vertolk nie. Wat van Cat Andres??Ilse de Vis is die natruurlikste in die hele rolprent. Ek het dit gaan kyk om afrikaans te ondersteun, maar sal niemand aanbeveel om dit te gaan kyk nie.
delia botha 2011/06/10 5:47 PM
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Jammer vir die spelfoute. Liggaamsbewegings. Catriona Andrews is die aktrise waarna ek verwys.
Bianx 2011/10/23 2:07 PM
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dis n baie awsome fliek sal dit 20 keer oor en oor kyk dit baie goed
Joe 2011/11/16 12:14 PM
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One of the worst movies ever made. Shameful waste of money. Absolute rubbish surely meant to appeal to mindless fans of Darren. Not worth anyone's time. Plot as thin as rice paper, characters as superficial as Afrikaans pop music. Really poor through and through.
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