‘Pamina Vermaak’ overwhelms with holderstebolder charm


Okay, admittedly, the extremely tragic and messy case of the loose-headed doll Pamina Vermaak is told in a loslit vein and yes, viewers who don’t like rock music or swear words, won’t necessarily resonate with the movie.

But alas, I just can’t get enough of the story. The Tragic Case of Pamina Entertainment is edgy, modern and downright delicious, especially if you’re looking for light entertainment that also stirs the heartstrings and stimulates the laughing muscles.

Before the movie made its debut at the Silver Screen Festival last year, I had already read the novel by Annie Klopper in pieces. Once next to a swimming pool in Thailand, where I woke up the sleeping woman in the sun lounger next to me laughing at one of Pamina’s off-the-cuff, inappropriate things to say. I obviously can’t repeat it here, but I think you would laugh too!

If you look past Pamina’s capricious quips, you will see the story as a beautiful story of soul mates, love and forgiveness, hidden like a smooth chocolate cake under a thick layer of rock ‘n’ roll icing sugar.

The movie’s cast is refreshing, with Carla Smith and Christiaan Schoombie fitting seamlessly into their roles of Pamina and the musician, Wolf de Jager.

Wolf may have been a little rougher around the edges in my mind while I read the book – more like a cross between Laudo Liebenberg and Ozzy Osbourne – but Christiaan brought a softness to the character that made me look at him with different eyes. Of course, his (unexpected) upper arms don’t hurt either.

Pamina, a journalist who has just lost her job, and Wolf, a musician who has been abandoned by his fiance and is at a crossroads in his career, cross paths when both flee from Cape Town to Eigelarsdrif on the West Coast.

Pamina grew up there, but also left behind the biggest hurt of her life when she fled from this small town ten years earlier. The story unfolds when she and Wolf, at first hostile, realize they have more in common than they thought – and Pamina overwhelms Wolf – as does the viewer – with her holderstebolder charm and vulnerability.

The soundtrack contains alternative Afrikaans music by Bittereinder, Francois van Coke, Hunter Kennedy, Henry Ate, Augusta Zietsman and Fokofpolisiekar, and fits my musical taste so well that I almost want to say it is my favorite part of the whole movie.

Maybe it’s just because I’ve been Pamina in my life, and that I’ve also struggled to find my feet on this wild earth, and that alternative Afrikaans rock music also formed the soundtrack of my own carefree, reckless years, but these story like i angry

The Tragic Case of Pamina Entertainment is a beautiful story. If you don’t want to watch it for the acting, soundtrack or script, then at least watch it just for the beautiful pictures of the sea, Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Lee-Ann van Rooi in the roles of Pamina’s mothers, or for Albert Pretorius, as the music marketer, his stylish yellow sunglasses.

Or just for Christiaan’s arms.

The Tragic Case of Pamina Entertainment is available on DStv Box Office from 11 February.

Watch the trailer here: