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  1. The Accidental Film Club (Paul)'s rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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.

  2. Sergey Belov's rating of the film Layla Fourie

  3. DrFirestone's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Skillfully executed thriller that slowly escalates into a psychological drama, but it smart enough to avoid too much "drama". A film about random mistakes and their price, the line between good and evil that is often subjective and hard to distinguish. The whole experience is quite engaging, supported by strong performances and the unique South African realities.

  4. captainfez's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Good childcare is hard to find.

  5. nica's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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)

  6. Al Green's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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.

  7. Zachariah Rigby's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Bold and confidently told story that doubles as a thorough essay on the various ways to think about lies.

  8. David R Williams's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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".

  9. Superfrog's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Captures the stress of the situation very well. Does not build on the tension created in many scenes convincingly. Worth a watch.

  10. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Pia Marais follws up At Ellen's Age with another interesting look at a crossroads in the life of a rather unique female character. This time it is all about Layla (Rayna Campbell), a South African single mother who finds a lot of stress and trust issues attached to her new job, a polygraphist. Extra stress comes from the fact that Layla and her young son are trying to keep a big secret themselves.

  11. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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.

  12. The Ceramicist's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Beautiful - emotionally taut and socially circumspect (a hard combination to master). An ultra-realist glimpse into another person's world.

  13. PropheticHeine's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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.

  14.'s rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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.

  15. eberhard's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Meine Frau und ich sind der Meinung, dieser Film wurde ganz um die erstaunliche Ausdruckskraft der Hauptdarstellerin herum gemacht.

  16. AVA's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Das Desaster bleibt ungelöst und wird im Innern nagen.Sehr passend dazu die Musik im Abspann.Durch Rayna Campell erhält der Film Couleur.

  17. Max.Madrid's rating of the film Layla Fourie

  18. Semaj Hatcher's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    Pia Marais’s “layla Fourie” was one of a kind, without doubt this film is a slow burning thriller that uses a snowball effect of lies to unravel the film. A single mother who resides in South Africa lives a simple life trying to make it day by day, Layla and her young son represents the deepest pits of oppression in the most joyful manner. The scenery serves as an essential kit to help build suspense within the film

  19. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Layla Fourie

  20. riraru's rating of the film Layla Fourie

    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.

  21. bastos's rating of the film Layla Fourie

  22. Sophie Charlotte Rieger's rating of the film Layla Fourie