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Getroud met Rugby

2011-03-18 12:24
 
What it's about:

Reghart (Izak Davel) is a young mechanic from the wrong side of the tracks. When he is arrested for the umpteenth time on charges of assault, he faces a decision set out for him by a social worker - either rekindle his boyhood talent for the game of rugby, or face time in jail. Fafa (Altus Theart), himself a washed-out ex-professional rugby player with a troubled history, is assigned to coach and mentor Reghart. Through the game of rugby, the two men help to heal each other and the wounds of the past.

What we thought:

Getroud met Rugby is based on the Afrikaans television series of the same title. From the outset one gets the sense that the producers have tried to break away from the limitations of the small screen to make full use of the scope of cinema. A surprisingly striking original score and a well-executed opening sequence sets the tone. However, it’s not the tone you might expect. Rather than focusing on the brutal contact sport and all the rough and tumble associated with it, Getroud met Rugby fixes on the emotional growth of the characters and their stories of personal struggle.

Director Cobus Rossouw brilliantly captures the motion in all the action scenes that actually do pertain to the game. But the intensity of the fast paced-scenes is often interrupted by some wooden acting here and there. Kiki the blonde cheerleader who broke Fafa’s heart when she left him after the death of their child delivers her eight lines with the emotional conviction of a Barbie.

Altus Theart tries his best to embody the dark horse that is ex-rubgy god "Vinnige Fafa", but all the scowling does not always convince. Similarly, Izak Davel’s emotionally immature character puts a strain on the actor as he frowns through every scene in an attempt to seem 'troubled'. The performances aren't helped by the unimaginative scriptwriting that never feels real. People don't really speak that way, do they?

However, one exciting surprise in the acting department has to be the almost tangible chemistry between Davel and romantic lead San-Marie Nel. The vulnerable character being sweetly seduced by a good woman is always fun to watch. That Davel's baby blue eyes get a close up and that he sports a chiselled physique for the film probably helps.

Getroud met rugby is perhaps too earnest in its attempt to tell a life-affirming story about broken people trying to heal themselves and each other. The game of rugby, although it is the central theme that ties the characters together, strangely remains just that. The majority of the film is devoted to the human drama and the characters embroiled in it. So if you are a hardcore rugby fan looking to watch enormous men tackle the living daylights out of each other, I suggest you rather just watch the game.


A soul-searching Afrikaans drama that tries a bit too hard to make the case for rugby as therapy.

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Paul 3/4/2011 10:24 AM
How revolting !
Faahim 3/11/2011 9:15 AM
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This movie was brilliant!! Its like Good Will Hunting Meets Invincible.
Sean 3/11/2011 9:27 AM
One would have expected someone who at least watched the tv series to review this movie. I find this review a waste of time. The movie isn't called Rugby it's called GETROUD met rugby.
Nickster 3/11/2011 1:46 PM
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How anybody can watch a movie that celebrates embarrassing stereotypes about their culture, is beyond me.
Nickster 3/11/2011 1:46 PM
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How anybody can watch a movie that celebrates embarrassing stereotypes about their culture, is beyond me.
Conrad 3/11/2011 4:59 PM
Thank you, sweet merciful Jesus, that no one can force me to waste 109 precious minutes of my life to watch this abysmal piece of piffle...
Al 3/13/2011 6:06 PM
F*kkin klomp k*k as jy my vra.
Jonathan 3/15/2011 12:40 PM
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Net soos ek gedink het het die movie gister gekyk en moet se ek het geweet daar gaan mense wees wat weer baie te se gaan he oor dit Maar ek dink julle is dieselfde mense wat baie gese het oor die series, so nou hoekom mors julle, julle tyd om dit te gaan kyk , Ek dink dit is n goeie storie en natuurlik wat vir my hartseer is om te sien hoe hoe lyk die studium waar Fafa en Reghard geoefen het dit was een van die beste staiums in die westrand en 4 jaar terug toe wou sokker mense oor vat en toe kyk hoe lyk dit nou Die mense wat aan hou wil sleg praat weet julle wat die mense wat die movie geniet en " verstaan " het worry nie oor julle komentaar nie Hou aan met Getroud met rugby
Jonathan 3/15/2011 12:41 PM
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Net soos ek gedink het het die movie gister gekyk en moet se ek het geweet daar gaan mense wees wat weer baie te se gaan he oor dit Maar ek dink julle is dieselfde mense wat baie gese het oor die series, so nou hoekom mors julle, julle tyd om dit te gaan kyk , Ek dink dit is n goeie storie en natuurlik wat vir my hartseer is om te sien hoe hoe lyk die studium waar Fafa en Reghard geoefen het dit was een van die beste staiums in die westrand en 4 jaar terug toe wou sokker mense oor vat en toe kyk hoe lyk dit nou Die mense wat aan hou wil sleg praat weet julle wat die mense wat die movie geniet en " verstaan " het worry nie oor julle komentaar nie Hou aan met Getroud met rugby
Anne 3/15/2011 3:01 PM
I think it was a good movie, Davel's caracter makes you think about how you judge people without knowing their back ground.
Linda 3/21/2011 7:42 PM
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Baie geniet!!!! Moes dit so skemerig gewees het. Het eers gedink NuMetro het die fliek verkeerd opgesit.
James 5/11/2011 11:34 AM
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BRILLIANT FILM
EvR 11/6/2011 3:43 AM
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Goeie movie, ons ken almal mense wat die karakter pas van Reghart en Fafa, dis feite en dis hoe mense se lewens uitdraai. Ons oordeel sonder om die geskiedenis te ken, party mense wil gehelp word en ander stel nie belang nie. Party gaan uitstyf bo hulle omstandighede met 'n bietjie help en ander sal maar bly waar hulle is, geen vordering of verbetering, geen ambisie. Het dit baie geniet dankie.
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