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Cape Argus - - LIFE - MASEGO PANYANE

BABY MA­MAS

DI­REC­TOR: Stephina Zwane

CAST: Salam­ina Mos­ese, Them­bisa Mdoda, Di­neo Ranaka and Kay Smith.

AGE RE­STRIC­TION: 16 LS

RUN­NING TIME: 120 min­utes

RAT­ING: ★★★✩✩ WHEN I first heard the film’s ti­tle, I won­dered if we’d be bom­barded again with an­noy­ing stereo­types about women who’d had chil­dren out of wed­lock and who’d been named, not so af­fec­tion­ately I might add, baby ma­mas. I was re­lieved to find the film sought to present women in a more pos­i­tive light.

It fol­lows four fe­male friends, Toli (Salam­ina Mos­ese), Sandy (Them­bisa Mdoda), Joy (Di­neo Ranaka) and Chantel (Kay Smith), who are in var­i­ous stages of their baby mama dra­mas.

Chantel’s world is turned up­side down when she dis­cov­ers that she’s preg­nant, es­pe­cially be­cause her boyfriend is not ready to be a father. Sandy, who is in love with the father of her child, has to deal with him mov­ing on.

Joy is in a volatile, on-again-offa­gain re­la­tion­ship, filled with vi­o­lent out­bursts and con­stant al­le­ga­tions of in­fi­delity.

Toli is learn­ing first-hand that the most dif­fi­cult part for a sin­gle mother who is dat­ing is de­cid­ing on how much she’s will­ing to risk her child’s heart on the path to love. It was thrilling to see Di­neo Ranaka daz­zle in her role as Joy.

I en­joyed watch­ing her and could re­late to her strug­gles even though I’ve never gone through them.

The stel­lar sup­port­ing cast that in­cludes Pamela Nomvete, Es­mer­alda Bihl, An­thony Wil­son, Jet Novuka, SK Khoza, Dono­van Pieterse, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Khaya Mthembu brought the story to life.

It was a pleasure watch­ing how each of them coloured the lives of the baby ma­mas. I was impressed by the choice of clothes for each ac­tor – ev­ery look suited the char­ac­ter. A cast’s wardrobe is some­thing I have been un­com­fort­able with when it comes to lo­cal films.

Some of the scenes went on for too long and there were mo­ments when I wasn’t feel­ing the chem­istry be­tween the four leads but, over­all, an okay film that’s worth a watch.

Salam­ina Mos­ese, Them­bisa Mdoda,Kay Smith and Di­neo Ranaka.

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