Fliekvlooi Floris’ movie review: ‘Hans crosses the Rubicon’ stimulates laughter muscles


Hans crosses the Rubicon tells the story of Hans van Kraaienburg, a dashing 90-year-old man whose life is turned upside down when he is forced to move to the Huis Madeliefie nursing home.

House Madeliefie is cramped and his room is tiny, and then Hans is forced to obey various rules and regulations.

However, with Hans around you can only expect sports and before long there is an old people’s home uprising, marijuana cookies and strip dancers, all as part of Hans’ “growing old on his own terms”.

The director couple Corné and René van Rooyen, who are known for the movies Hollywood in my house and Vaselineas well as the popular TV series Everything Malantook home the Silver Screen Festival award for best director for this comedy in August.

The movie is based on Afrikaans author Rudie van Rensburg’s novel of the same name.

“The story shows how ‘growing old on your own terms’ can be celebrated and can be very exciting. It is also a great privilege to work with some of South Africa’s greatest veteran actors to really bring Rudie’s book to life.”

The cast includes actors such as Pierre van Pletzen as Hans, Tobie Cronjé as Vasie, June van Merch as Baby, Sandra Prinsloo as Liesbet and Nicola Hanekom as the draconian Matron. Diaan Lawrenson is Karla and newcomer Juan-Pierre Moller is Esmuraldus.

Pierre won the Silver Screen Festival Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film at this year’s festival.

Hans crosses the Rubicon is in cinemas nationwide from Friday 29 September.

Floris Groenewald, RNews’s own movie expert, went to see the movie. Here is what he had to say: