Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (2013)

Director: Henk Pretorius
South Africa, English, Zulu and Afrikaans

SUCH A GOOD MOVIE. Okay, I know I say that about almost every movie I watched so far, but seriously. This movie is awesome!

Fanie Fourie (Eduan van Jaarsveldt) is a car artist Afrikaan looking for love (or just a girl to bang) but he gets no luck. That is until his brother dares him to ask the next girl who walks through the store door and ask them to the wedding. Actually, the first woman to walk through the door is an old lady so they passed on that. Next comes in a beautiful Zulu woman. Fanie decides to go up to her and ask. He actually asks her to just give him a number…any number and he wont bother again he just didn’t want to lose the bet. The woman laughs and goes on her way. However, a few moments later she realizes he could do a favor for her too. So she agrees to go to his brother’s wedding as long as he comes to her house for dinner.

Dinky Magubane (Zethu Dhlomo) is a strong, confident, college degree graduate, entrepreneur, and everything a woman should be. She has plans on opening up her own business, but her traditional father believes she needs to find a man. Dinky agrees accompany Fanie as long as he comes to dinner. She knew a white man would throw her father off. The couple arrives to the wedding. It is an all white affair. Dinky is the only black person, which bother the party. Fanie and Dinky don’t seem to care at all. They had fun making fun of everything. Fanie goes to Dinky’s house and meets her father, who expected a Zulu man to walk through that door so he dressed up in traditional clothes. At the end of the dinner, the two laugh together and it begins the start of their relationship.

They go on a dates and really enjoy each other’s company. Everyone else seemed to be bothered by the whole idea, especially Dinky’s cheating ex boyfriend, Mandla. Mandla pays Dinky’s father a lobola (dowry) in order to marry Dinky. Throughout the rest of the movie Fanie focuses on paying off the lobola and having Fanie to himself. By the end, Fanie proves to Dinky’s father he can pay it off, but it is ultimately up to Dinky if she wants to marry him. She does and they have an awesome wedding.

There are so many elements of why I love this movie:

Race – you have a white man and a black woman. The director did a good job showing the struggles of both families. Fanie’s racist mom wanted nothing to do with Dinky. You see that occurring on Fanie’s side of the family also. The couple battled the odds between their loved ones and by the end, everyone accepted their love.

Class – It wasn’t as prevalent as race, but it can obviously be seen during the scene when Fanie drive to pick up Dinky. He leaves his nice home and neighborhood and travels to the rural country side. Fanie lives in his mother’s home with a large garage filled with cars. Dinky lives on a small dirt hill with her father in their little home.

Love – Their love for one another defeated all the odds. The broke the race and class barrier. All that matter is that they just wanted each other.

Comedy – As serious as the film sounds. It’s pretty funny. I love how corny some scenes are. It showed serious situations in a comedic manner without actually making fun of the situations.

GO WATCH! The movie won the Golden Space Needle for Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival 2013… just saying.

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