DATE: May 18
Director: Nosipho Dumisa
Run Time: 110 minutes
Producer: Bradley Joshua, Benjamin Overmeyer
Language: Afrikaans with subtitles
Rating: Restricted to 15+ years
Nommer 37 is a taut thriller inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film-noir classic “Rear Window”. Award-winning South African writer-director Nosipho Dumisa makes her feature debut and ratchets up the tension until it crackles. A paraplegic man Randall (Irshaad Ally) and his girlfriend Pam (Monique Rockman) play a risky game of cat and mouse when they blackmail a powerful criminal (David Manuel) while evading a sadistic loan shark (Danny Ross).
The rich and intimate cinematography, on-location in Cape Flats locales, enhances the film and contributes to the high drama. We are trapped, together with Randall and Pam, both in their sketchy apartment and in their desperate attempts to escape their moral and economic destinies.
Entrapped in his apartment, Randal Hendricks, a recent paraplegic, is given a gift of binoculars by his devoted girlfriend, Pam. But he is in financial debt to Emmie, a sadistic loan shark, and when he witnesses a powerful gangster, named Lawyer, commit murder while observing his neighbours through his binoculars, he initiates a dangerous blackmail scheme in an attempt to settle his debt.
With deception and greed around every corner, what follows is a thrilling ride that puts both he and Pam’s lives in mortal danger… as the world around Randal deteriorates further and further into chaos.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“ … the sadistically intricate rapport between Randall and Pam [is] the main draw here. The further they sink into their spiralling criminal scheme, the deeper their passion for each other grows, and it’s quite thrilling to watch.” Keith Uhlich – The Hollywood Reporter
“Nosipho Dumisa has paid tribute to a classic, while simultaneously building something completely her own. Hitchcock would be proud.” Aaron B. Peterson – The Hollywood Outsider.
“ … a slick and entertaining film with gutsy performances …” Kwanele Sosibo – Mail and Guardian
“ … a brave and bold directorial debut …. about greed, loyalty, love and redemption.” Masego Panyane – IOL
“ … slick execution and impressive acting … the cinematographer is the opposite of immobile, his camera sweeping the teeming courtyard between apartment buildings and sneaking through narrow hallways and stairwells.” Jeannette Catsoulis – New York Times