Faan Se Trein

2014-01-24 14:42
 
What it's about:

Faan se Trein is a story about a simple minded man (think Forrest Gump) who lives with his ageing father Frik in a tiny Karoo community. Faan (Willie Esterhuizen), obsessed with trains, doesn’t always know how to control his anger especially as he’s always being made fun of, and this causes the town to be divided about Faan. Some feel threatened by him and push for him to be institutionalised while others feel he is harmless. When Faan’s father dies, his inheritance sets the doctor (Deon Lotz) of the town’s young, resentful wife (Nicola Hanekom) upon a scheme of manipulation and seduction of Faan.

What we thought:

Based on Pieter Fourie’s 1975 hit play, Faan Se Trein tells a universal story of acceptance: accepting and facing the fear that comes with that which we do not always understand.

Directed by Koos Roets (Paljas) and produced by Helena Spring, Faan Se Trein is a beautifully told story that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Set in the 1950’s in a picturesque Karoo town, Faan Se Trein gives us a frontrow seat to the life of a simple-minded man who never outgrew his childlike innocence. A child trapped in a man’s body, Faan has a childlike obsession with trains and natural (manly) urges that provide for some laugh-out-loud moments.

Wille Esterhuizen, known for his comedic roles in TV shows such as Molly en Wors and Vetkoekpaleis, really deserves a mention for this stellar performance. Faan is an endearing and complex character which Esterhuizen brings across brilliantly. Other performances worth a mention include Anel Alexander as Faan’s loving and caring housekeeper; Deon Lotz as the dark and conflicted drug-addicted doctor and Nicola Hankekom as his sexy, manipulative wife who hates the town and who tries to seduce Faan for his inheritance.

If you enjoyed Roepman, Verraaiers and Die Wonderwerker, this is definitely worth the watch.




Beautifully done with a stellar South African cast, Faan Se Trein tells the universal story of learning to accept that which we do not understand with love and kindness.
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Hercules Leonardo Giorgino 2014/01/27 2:33 PM
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Best Afrikaans movie of the decade
Nicolene Muller 2014/01/27 10:31 PM
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Beste Afrikaanse fliek in 'n lang tyd uitstekend.
Brenda and Tony Dry 2014/01/28 10:51 PM
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Brilliant film which we thoroughly enjoyed and can highly recommend. Wonderful acting and beautiful SA scenery. Made us proud to be South African!
Steve Johnson 2014/02/09 2:07 AM
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An excellent movie set in a universal SA town, Intriguing plot. I am pretty sure that international audiences will also enjoy this.
Michael A 2014/02/17 12:36 PM
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Willie Esterhuizen deserves a top award for his brilliant performance. All the rest of the cast were excellent. The attention to detail from the 50's was flawless and the location awesome
Michiel C Potgieter 2014/05/21 12:40 PM
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Wonderlike aangrypende rolprent. Verdien werklik al die lof en pryse wat dit reeds ingesamel het. Ek wonder waar die verfilming plaasgevind het?
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