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THE LULLABY (2017)
Directed by Darrell Roodt
Written by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo
Starring Reine Swart, Brandon Auret, Thandi Puren, Dorothy Ann Gould, Deànré Reiners, Shayla-Rae McFarlane, Lara de Villiers
Yet another film dealing with the horrors of motherhood is THE LULLABY. More of a film about postpartum depression than the horrors of being pregnant, THE LULLABY opens with its lead Reine Swart who plays Chloe, teenage mother who immediately shuns her baby the moment he was born. The runaway is taken back to her well to do home by her uppity mother even though she is ashamed of her daughter’s life choice to have the baby. What unfolds is an amazing examination of postpartum depression.
The films strength lays in its lead actress. Reine Swart is a pretty fantastic in the lead role brandishing some potent screaming chops if she would ever want a profession as a scream queen, but also in the quieter scenes where we actually feel for her despite the fact that she is doing something pretty heinous in ignoring her own baby. While we don’t know who Chloe’s baby daddy is, it is hinted that something is off, even though Chloe is not talking about it. Therein lays the mystery as we try to get to the bottom of Chloe’s behavior, but the beauty is in the fact that there is a real condition that could cause this behavior and there may not be anything wrong with the father at all. Swart is able to convey these complex, conflicted, and downright mysterious actions all the way through.
Unfortunately, the film itself is rather repetitious, takes its time getting to the bottom of the mystery, and then, by the end, simply kind of rolls out of film rather than resolves anything. Still, watch THE LULLABY for Reine Swart’s performance. Most likely, you’ll see her again in bigger and better films.
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