The Cape Flats, apartment Nommer 37, home to Randel Hendricks (Irshaad Ally), and his girlfriend Pam (Monique Rockman). Randel is paralysed through some tragic crime incident, so to help alleviate the stigma of being wheelchair bound, Pam buys him a set of binoculars.
However, as things go in poor, crime-ridden communities, Randel is in debt to Emmie (Danny Ross), a loan shark, and all round garbage. So, when Randel witnesses a murder by local thug Lawyer (David Manual), he decides to pit bad against bad, criminal against criminal, in a black mail scheme to come by the money to settle his debt. Putting both his life, and Pam’s, on the line, things soon spiral out of control.
Nommer 37 has a simple, contained setting, with a small, yet talented ensemble cast bringing the characters to life. Shot on location in the Cape Flats, this is both an engrossing story, and a small taste of the life itself.
There are genuine tense moments, where one is tempted to stand up and yell at the screen, in a bid to help the protagonist, willing with the mind for the dastardly villains to get their come-comeuppance. And yet, the tension is tempered with moments of humour, some of which may be lost if one is not familiar with the “taal” (slang) spoken on The Flats.
The intricate plot does indeed resolve, with a few twists and turns along the way, making for a fun, dramatic, at times funny, but totally entertaining film. Nommer 37 is a must see film, that is just waiting to share a piece of our culture with the rest of the world.
Nommer 37 opens 1 June 2018 in South African cinemas.