Layla is a single mother living with her son in Johannesburg, getting by with casual work. After training as a polygraph operator she manages to secure a job with a company specialising in lie detectors and security.
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Ein vordergründig leiser Film, mit einem ganz schön ausgebufften und tapferen Jungen, dem "eigentlichen Hauptdarsteller", wie man so schön sagt. Die Story mag ebenfalls ihre Gemeinplätze haben, aber das stört nicht weiter, denn sie ist angenehm atmosphärisch umgesetzt worden.
3.5 Tension abound, the discomfort is just up there all the time to the very end. A dark-skinned black woman leading a film of this genre and style is very very rare, so I particularly appreciate that. I do think it runs a bit too long though. Great performances from Rayna Campbell and Rapule Hendricks (Kane)
Great performances from the three leads, especially the young boy, who manages to carry such an important role in the film. The coincidences were very unbelievable in a film so naturalistic and there could have been a slightly more symbolic approach at times but overall a very good film.
Layla, a young single mother in South Africa, is hired as a polygraphist and becomes a suspect in the constant presence of mistrust. A sort of African-noir with great performances all around in particular Rayna Campbell as Layla and Terry Norton but specifically Rapule Hendricks as Layla's insolent but loving son. Worth watching and far better than Marais' previous "At Ellens Age".
A very tense and tightly constructed suspense thriller.
A single mother is doing the best she can to raise her young son by taking a good job as a polygraph test monitor. An unfortunate event happens and she gets trapped in a world of lies, deception and evasiveness. So good thematically. It's quite engaging and you truly feel for this lady and her boy. A great bit of genre cinema from South Africa.
The movie's premise of truth remained constant throughout the story. The cognitive dissonance at play with her job as a polygraphist and her own secret, drives the story point of interest. However, its transitions about certain scenes makes the story confusing at points and begs questions as to why a scene is relevant. For all purposes, it is a sophisticated film with entertaining drama and music selection.
This thriller by Pipa Marais offers a closely observed tangle of misadventures and mistakes by a single mother transitioning into a new job in a casino in a rural area of South Africa like the Transvaal or Bophutswana. August Diehl plays an enigmatic role as part of the twisted tale.
What a premise! This film had "proto-Haneke emotional thriller" written all over it!
And then... this. This damp squib of a film. Deary me. After such promise this turkey hits every cliche and coincidence it possibly can on its way to going absolutely nowhere.
Those reviews! I can't help but suggest we take off our rose-tinted spectacles and proclaim that, sometimes, the MUBI emperor walks the streets unclothed.