8/101 Votes Alchetron
Written by Busisiwe Ntintili
Initial release 19 February 2016
Box office 728,208 USD
Directed by Thabang Moleya
Music by Mpumi Phillips
Director Thabang Moleya
Cinematography Lance Gewer
|Produced by Junaid Ahmed
Starring Khanyi Mbau Mmabatho Montsho Renate Stuurman Chris Attoh Tongayi Chirisa Richard Lukunku Emmanuel Castis
Edited by Nicholas Costaras Melanie Jankes Golden
Nominations Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actor (Non Nigerian)
Cast Khanyi Mbau, Chris Attoh, Tongayi Chirisa, Renate Stuurman
Similar Oloibiri, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Tell Me Sweet Something, 93 Days, The Arbitration
The making of happiness is a four letter word
Happiness is a Four-letter Word is a 2016 South African romantic drama film directed by Thabang Moleya and written by Busisiwe Ntintili. Based on the novel of the same name by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, the film tells the story of three friends trying to find their happiness while maintaining images of success and acceptability.
The film revolves around three women; glamorous trophy housewife Zaza played by Khanyi Mbau who seem to be living the new South African dream of money, success, and loving partners. Lawyer and compulsive perfectionist Nandi played by Mmabatho Montsho whose life from the outside is perfect, has a great career and forthcoming nuptials. But in reality she is suffocating. Lastly, trendy art gallery owner and serial dater Princess is played by Renate Stuurman. The three friends juggle life's surprising changes as they come to learn that happiness doesn't come with a manual'. The three will have to find out what truly makes each of them happy and then fight to get it in their unique way.
Perfectionist Nandi seems to have the New South African Dream life within her grasp, black female partner in a major firm, marriage, the perfect house - but it all goes up in flames a few months before the wedding. With her friends Zaza and Princess, Nandi will have to find out what truly makes her happy and then fight to get it.
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word pulled in 45 000 attendances and gross box office receipts of R2 371 782 in its opening three days. It was the best performing film of all new releases, in South Africa, on the weekend of February the 19th, and did better than international releases such as 13 Hours, Secret soldiers of Benghazi, Hail Caesar!, 50 Shades of Black and Trumbo. It was ranked at number 3 on the Top 10 after Deadpool and Vir Altyd. Mario Dos Santos, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Entertainment said: “The opening weekend’s results for the film are simply overwhelming not only from local content perspective but also in comparison to Hollywood content.”