Video Review: Mabel & Not3s “Fine Line”

In Johannesburg, South Africa, Mabel claps as she stands on a rooftop with a group of people.

A twentysomething man lies on the navy rug in his bedroom. An 18-year-old young man sits a chair, staring off into distance while in his bedroom. The twentysomething man ties his shoes on the top of his car and jumps off. Three twentysomething friends ride in the back of a pick-up truck.

Mabel sits on top of a bus.

Two of the twentysomething friends skateboard in an empty pool. The three friends meet the first twentysomething man and 18-year-old man by a repair shop.

Mabel, wearing sunglasses, rides the bus. Through the window, she sees a restaurant advertising Swahili dishes.

She and Not3s dance on top of the bus.

A 16-year-old young woman plays with her pigtails and dances on the sidewalk.

The three twentysomething friends bring a grill up to the rooftop of the building. One friend grills the hot dogs.

Lit in lavender, she and Not3s sit together at the club. They dance together.

The 16-year-old young woman watches her friend do a handstand.

Back on the rooftop, she continues to dance.

Rating: 4/5

Mabel and Not3s toast to their one year anniversary as they drink German beer during Bierfest in Cape Town, South Africa. They sip their bread soup. He shares his roast pork with her. She cuts a few pieces of her skirt steak for him. They dance to the band and talk to a group of friends.

The group of friends invite them to a rooftop party in Johannesburg. Mabel exclaims that they were planning to be in the city anyhow. She asks for directions and they exchange phone numbers. One of their new friends asks them where they are from.  Not3s answers they are from England. He says it’s both their first trips outside of Europe. Another new friend suggest they go to Gold Reef City. Not3s puts his hands around Mabel’s waist as he says he bought tickets for them and points to her as he says that she’s the one who loves rollercoasters.

Mabel screams as she twists on the High Flying Acrobat. Not3s holds her hand and asks if he open his eyes yet. She tells him it’s almost over. He glances at the ground and quickly puts his head against the seat.  At the dining table, she thanks him for going on the ride with her. He puts his head in his hand and stares at the ground. He asks for a minute. She says they can go back to the hotel and get ready for the party. He says that sounds like a good idea. It’ll give him time to rest.

One of their new friends gives Mabel a hug as they walk onto the rooftop. The friend asks if they were able to find the loft okay. She says the directions were clear and tells him Gold Reef City was so much fun. His friend looks to Not3s’s tired face and ask how him he feels. He says High Flying Acrobat took him out. The friend it’s a tough ride. His group of friends love it. However, he avoids it. He only needed to ride it once. A second friend says hello and tells them to get some food. Mabel and Not3s walk to the grill and get some hot dogs.

Director: Adriaan Louw Year: 2018

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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