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This is a rather splendid film which has been forgotten by film history. Because it is Dutch, it has gone by quite unremarked, although it was a success on release. This is European 'art-film' at its best: high quality, well written and expertly directed. And superbly entertaining at that. But most of all: a stunning performance from lead actress Soutendijk, who could and should have gone on to greater things. For about ten years, she appeared in challenging and often demanding roles in remarkable Dutch and German films (Meisje met het rode haar, Vierde Man, Spetters, Wo immer du bist). Then she went to America and blew it. Nowadays, European art cinema is dead and she's left making TV-fare. A cinema that has no room for the talents of Soutendijk is quite dead and buried. See this magnificent film at all costs.
This film is almost as good as it's original (the book). I would even dare say it might very well be one of the best Dutch movies of all time. The line-up is great, all actors are still working as an actor, but most of them never came near this achievement again. Where ever you may be from, it really would be worth your while to trace this film and watch it.
"Ridiculous." That is about the only word that can be used to describe
this wreck of a movie. The dialog is awful, the acting even more so. It
is just completely and utterly unbelievable. Not one second could you
take the main character seriously. Yes, she is quite disturbing in the
book too, but the movie just completely ruins her character. The acting
is so bad, it's almost hilarious, but unfortunately, this movie really
isn't supposed to be a comedy.
This movie should not have been made. If you enjoyed the book by Frederik van Eeden, please do not harm yourself by watching this atrocity. That is, of course, unless you thoroughly enjoy movies with bad dialogue and bad acting.
This movie is really bad. It has it's moments but it's another Dutch
B-movie. Explicit sex and bad audio. The audio is not cync with the
movie and the actors speak like they are performing a play in front of
a large crowd. This makes it unnatural to hear. The acting is a bit
stiff and slow, it had a good beginning but moves towards complete
boringness. The story is okay, it's of course from a book written in the
beginning of 1900's. But still this movie isn't there, directing is
boring and standard, acting is boring and stiff. The only thing that is
pretty big for a Dutch movie are the sets with lots of extras running
around and some nice photographic shots.
This movie needs a remake.
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