Cast: Bennie Fourie, Bouwer Bosch, Nico Panagio, Stiaan Smith, Tim Theron
Director: Morné du Toit
Director Morné du Toit’s Afrikaans production is aimed at a market that appears to appreciate coarse, slapstick humour, hammy acting and violence.
With English sub-titles, “Vuil Wasgoed”(dirty washing) follows the fortunes of two characters, Wim (Bouwer Bosch) and Kevin (Bennie Fourie), who are working in a Laundromat – with high hopes of one day owning their own coffee shop.
However, they have been stuck in this business for seven years and see no way out. A highlight of their existence is to “borrow” their clients clothing, which has been sent in for cleaning, and wearing them when they gate crash parties. Their clients are none the wiser.
Kevin is close to kissing the love of his life – until the story takes a nose dive and enters unchartered waters. Dirty elements are introduced. These include a group of seedy jewel merchants who have been betrayed, a villain who is not afraid to murder those who get in his way, a missing finger and a treasure trove of jewellery in a shipping container.
Somehow the two innocents, Wim and Kevin, get dragged into this misshapen adventure and find themselves on the run from the criminal world.
Two brothers with a rash, a blind henchman and a couple of detectives are looking for the shipping container and the vital missing finger which will open the safe to millions.
With dark comedic undertones, “Veil Wasgoed” limps from one set piece to another with the insipid antics of these silly characters hardly managing to raise a giggle.