Susanna van Biljon

2010-10-19 11:07
 

What it’s about:

Rebecca Dreyer (Karen Zoid) is almost forty, lives with her mother (Marie du Toit) and works in a café in a small Karoo town. To escape her depressing life, Rebecca dreams of getting as far away as possible from her smothering mother and pursue the stardom her mother never experienced – that of a successful singer. Will this small-town girl survive in the gruelling, profit-driven and superficial Afrikaans music industry?

What we thought:

The most important thing worth mentioning about Susanna van Biljon is that Franz Marx totally and utterly redeems himself after his woeful Egoli movie attempt. Sjoe! That said, let me explain: It’s more a case of, "Wow, that’s so much better than the Egoli movie", rather than declaring this his best work ever. 

Karen Zoid is unrecognisable in her film debut as the frumpy, dark-haired small-town Rebecca Dreyer. As one of SA’s most influential rock chicks, one who herself had to pave her own way to stardom, Karen is a good choice for the role, because she understands what it’s like to dream big and make it on your own. She is convincing in her role most of the times. Among the highlights is Rebecca’s romantic involvement with the widowed sheep farmer Dirk (David Rees) and, of course, her singing scenes, because let’s face it - Karen can sing.

The film consists of an overwhelming amount of Afrikaans singers playing themselves; which reminded me a lot of Jakhalsdans: Afrikaans singers acting as themselves and singing their own songs. And now that I think about it, the plot also reminds me bit of Jakhalsdans… shot in a small Karoo town... featuring Afrikaans singers… It doesn’t make the film all bad, because fans of Kurt Darren, Nicholis Louw, Jakkie Louw, Elizma Theron, Nianell, Romanz and Rina Hugo will have plenty of reasons to enjoy it. What bothers me, though, is the fact that it makes the movie feel a bit like one big PR event.

Maybe it’s just me… you decide.

Other characters that make the movie worthwhile are Max (Nico Panagio), the sly music promoter and the cheeky Jo-Ann (Shaleen Surtie-Richards) who works with Rebecca.

Just a word of advice: if you’re an alternative Afrikaans music fan, rather steer clear of this one. This is as traditional an Afrikaans story as you'll find.
 
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Karen Zoid plays a plain, small-town woman with big dreams of super-stardom in a new Afrikaans drama.

Marthina Oosthuizen 2010/09/24 1:53 PM
Daar is net een venue waar Susanna van Biljon draai aan die Oos-Rand en daardie teater is nie rolstoel vriendelik nie (Cine 2 East Rand Mall). Wat is die kanse dat die fliek in 'n teater naby Alberton gaan wys wat rolstoelvriendelik is?
PRESHEN GOVENDER 2010/09/28 7:58 AM
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the blond chick is really fit
pietpompies 2010/09/28 9:18 AM
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I really hope this is the last Afrikaans movie ever made, they are all complete trash! Shocking acting, poor story and just generally bad all around.
pietpompies 2010/09/28 9:18 AM
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I really hope this is the last Afrikaans movie ever made, they are all complete trash! Shocking acting, poor story and just generally bad all around.
@pietpompies 2010/09/30 9:00 AM
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Pietertjie... as jy nie van Afrikaanse flieks hou nie, moet dit nie gaan kyk nie. So maklik soos dit. Hoe sou jy daarvan hou as mense jou smaak kritiseer? O wait, maybes I should say this in English, If you don't like Afrikaans movies, don't watch it. As easy as that. How would you like it if other people critisize your taste in movies? Ek persoonlik was mal oor die fliek, en wens hulle wil aanhou om ten minste elke maand 'n nuwe Afrikaanse fliek vry te stel.
Annelene 2010/10/01 3:57 PM
Kan iemand asb vir my se waar kan ek hierdie movie gaan kyk???
Koos 2010/10/01 8:05 PM
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Tipiese engelse DROL.
Shaheema 2010/10/02 12:45 PM
Unfortunately the movie is no longer on circuit. That was quick!
larah 2012/08/13 7:19 PM
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i think the movie is more for people who dont understand afrikaans and not really for people who dont enjoy music...i loved this movie..it was traditional and a very fun way of learning afrikaans... :)
maniere 2012/10/21 10:55 PM
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Saw this movie on DVD last night. This movie shows that Afrikaans movies are now mostly made to rob people of their money. It had the potential for to be really great movie. Everything however just happens. Susanna does not really seem to be someone longing to achieve her dream. The story is weak and things just happens. If fame came this easy many more actors and singers would have made. When will we see movies like "Paljas" and "Die storie van Klara Viljee" again.
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