The Recce

The Recce
Set in 1981, when the South African Defence Force wrongfully declared a young recce dead behind enemy lines. On his own and wounded, it’s up to him alone to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife. With the enemy hot on his trail and a lethal gunshot wound in his gut, his chances for survival are looking slim as he navigates the treacherous war torn African landscape. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.

115 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence, Drug abuse).
Drama, Afrikaans, South African, On the art circuit.


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Greg Kriek, Christia Visser, Grant Swanby, Maurice Carpede, Marius Weyers, Albert Maritz, Karlé Briedenhann
Johannes Ferdinand Van Zyl
ScreenplayJohannes Ferdinand Van Zyl
MusicGraham Ward, Richard Craker
CinematographyJacques van Tonder
EditingJacques Le Roux, Ronelle Loots
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2018
Produced byMan Makes a Picture Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreWar drama.
LanguageStrong, fairly frequent in a war drama context.
ViolenceFairly frequent, realistic with bloody after effects and blood letting.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsNote: contains spoilers - Ed. The film follows Henk Viljoen, a recce who is sent to the border to assassinate a Russian colonel living in Angola. Upon the completion of his mission he is injured and captured by men from a nearby village who owed their lives to the slain colonel and Henk is presumed dead when he fails to show up at his extraction point. Meanwhile back home his heavily pregnant wife, father and mother are distraught from the news. A young boy helps Henk escape but he becomes hunted by his captors who he eventually evades and calls the base.Whe the general gets wind of this he sends an assassin to kill Henk in order to cover up the incident. This film contains complex and mature, realistic themes of war, betrayal, the military, assassinations, cover-ups, survival, political agendas vs loss of life, family and duty, within a war drama context that has emotional undertones of grief and heartache. Themes are laced with a sustained sense of threat and menace and interrogate issues of morality such as what is right and wrong. Viewers below the age of 16 may find themes to be upsetting, disturbing and distressing. Viewers 16 and older may find themes of educational and entertainment value.
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
Gabi Zietsman quote iconIf you go into it willing to watch an essay on the psyche of soldiers and the trauma of war, then The Recce is the film for you, but if you’re looking for a captivating story you will find yourself bored by the director’s ethereal style. For those with Border survivors in the family, or if you yourself are one, I can give credit to the film’s authentic feel and poetic tribute to those whose memory will never be wiped out by the bush.

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