dEF’Rating: Lucky

Sihle Dlamini as (Lucky) and Jayashree Basavaraj as Padma in Luky (2012). Image source:
Sihle Dlamini as (Lucky) and Jayashree Basavaraj as Padma in Avie Luthra’s Lucky (2012). Image source:

AN emotional tour de force, Lucky (2012) shines a torch within our darkened hearts to lobby for our compassion for children who falls through the cracks of our flawed social fabric. The journey that Lucky Ntlantla (Sihle Dlamini) undertakes to find his father following his mother’s sad passing walks us through an exploration of those very cracks. He is alone. This film reminds us just how easy it is for the world to swallow a child in the face of no family support network. Its ambiguous ending does not remedy or allay our concern for the boy, it acerbate the terrifying grip.

Avie Luthra’s Lucky lashes out a hard wake up snot klap of 4dEF’Points out of Five: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ /



17 March


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I am based in Tshwane, South Africa. I have a background in Visual Art Project Strategic Implementation and Management Approach (VAPSIMA) and I am an enthusiastic Blogger. Strewn here are my musings covering my interests ranging from visual art, television, movies, a bit of books to public commentary. In a parallel universe I serve the the City of Tshwane as a Cultural Officer based at the Pretoria Art Museum.