Review: Pad Na Jou Hart

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Pad Na Jou Hart bills itself as the first Afrikaans romantic adventure. Basson van Rensburg (Ivan Botha) has five days to make his way from Johannesburg to Cape Town for his father’s funeral, completing several tasks along the way. When he finds himself stranded without a car, he meets the free-spirited Amory (Donnalee Roberts) who is on her own quest to Cape Town. She agrees to give him a ride, and these two very different people meet a variety of interesting characters as they travel across South Africa.

My husband and I were privileged to be invited to attend the premiere of Pad Na Jou Hart last night. It really is the perfect movie for a date night – a romantic comedy with two likeable leads, enough drama to keep the story interesting, a wonderful supporting cast, and a great soundtrack. I had never heard of Joe Foster before last night, but I love his theme song “Pad na jou hart”.

Donnalee Roberts and Ivan Botha have great on-screen chemistry and it is wonderful to watch their characters slowly fall for each other. I particularly enjoyed the appearances of Hendrik (Francois Jacobs) and Pietie (Solomon Cupido) as Basson’s country cousins. Dawn (Marcel van Heerden) and Lennon (Carmin Coetzer) were also entertaining characters.

Pad Na Jou Hart is beautifully filmed, showcasing some of South Africa’s amazing scenery. The script is well-written and Jaco Smit does a great job with the direction. Pad Na Jou Hart really is as good, if not better, than some of what Hollywood is producing.

Pad Na Jou Hart opens in cinemas countrywide on 14 February. Do yourself a favour and watch – there are English subtitles so you have no excuse not to. Support South African film; we should be proud of the talent that South Africa has to offer.

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