The Story of an African Farm
1870s. South Africa. Life goes on as normal at the farm on the slopes of a Karoo Kopje. Fat Tant Sannie (Karin van der Laag) looks after her charges, the sweet Em (Anneke Weideman) and the independent Lyndall (Kasha Kropinski) with a strict Biblical hand. It was Em's late father's dying wish. Gentle Otto (Armin Mueller-Stal), the farm manager, runs the farm and cares for Waldo, his son. Waldo (Luke Gallant) is bright and is busy designing a model of a sheepshearing machine that he hopes will make them all rich.
Things change when the sinister, eccentric Bonaparte Blenkims (Richard E. Grant) with his bulbous nose and chimney pot hat arrives. This stranger believes that Tant Sannie is wealthy — after all, she owns a farm — and it's not long before he's thrown the narrow-minded, but simple woman into an amorous whirl. But his motives are all too obvious to the children and he makes enemies of them. And, worst of all, he connives to get Otto fired by lying to Tant Sannie. Defeated, Otto returns to his room where he dies of a broken heart.
While Tant Sannie's heart's awhirl, he's cruel to the children. He ransacks Otto's room looking for the pile of money he thinks he has stashed away. He creates a reason to give Waldo a thrashing within an inch of his life. He destroys the model of the sheep-shearing machine. However, Lyndall prepares for battle. She suggests that their cousin, Trana (Elriza Swanepoel) comes to visit. She sets a trap for Bonaparte. Bonaparte is under the impression that Trana is even wealthier that Tant Sannie. He plans her seduction in the front room, without knowing that Tant Sannie is within earshot. He's exposed as a fraud and has to make an undignified exit from the farm, chased by Tant Sannie, a delighted maid, Waldo's dog, and Oswald the ostrich who knew all the time that Bonaparte was a thoroughly bad egg!
94 minutes, Parental Guidance.
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|Cast||Luke Gallant, Richard E. Grant, Kasha Kropinski, Armin-Mueller-Stahl, Karin van der Laag, Anneke Weideman|
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