2 user 2 critic

Burning Love (1983)

Brandende liefde (original title)
A young painter takes up French lessons with an elder lady to ensure he'll get a grant for a French arts institute. That way he meets Anna, a beautiful married woman nursing the lady's old ... See full summary »



(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bored company owner decides to find out what it is like to be one of his workers. During his "transformation" he falls in love with a cafeteria worker. When his alter ego "The Boss" makes... See full summary »

Director: Dimitri Frenkel Frank
Stars: Rijk de Gooyer, Monique van de Ven, Geert de Jong
Ciske the Rat (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one ... See full summary »

Director: Guido Pieters
Stars: Danny de Munk, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Herman van Veen
Katie Tippel (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Monique van de Ven, Rutger Hauer, Andrea Domburg
Mama is boos! (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When a wife and mother of two finds out her husband has an affair, she tries to make his life a living hell.

Director: Ruud van Hemert
Stars: Peter Faber, Geert de Jong, Sanne van der Noort
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

What happened to the 7 friends from 1997 hit film All Stars??

Director: Jean van de Velde
Stars: Danny de Munk, Daniël Boissevain, Peter Paul Muller
Leak 2000 (2000)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on a book about an infamous real scandal in the Dutch crime scene, the film aims at exposing the horrors caused by corruption on both sides of the law. A rookie policeman is coerced ... See full summary »

Director: Jean van de Velde
Stars: Cas Jansen, Ricky Koole, Thomas Acda
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Maarten, a bachelor living with his terminally ill mother, is haunted by a nightmare in which God tells him to lose his virginity or die within the week. He desperately tries to lose his ... See full summary »

Director: Ate de Jong
Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Marijke Merckens, Henriëtte Tol
Little Sister (1995)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After several years without contact, Martijn visits his sister Daantje, who just started to live on her own in Amsterdam. He tells her he is going to make a documentary from her life, and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Jan Westdijk
Stars: Kim van Kooten, Romijn Conen, Hugo Metsers
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Anna is dumped once again and decides never to fall in love again only to 'use' men from now on, she meets the perfect man. Twice. In one day. And they are roommates!

Director: Pim van Hoeve
Stars: Miryanna van Reeden, Chris Zegers, Romijn Conen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Ate de Jong
Stars: Hans Dagelet, Carol van Herwijnen, Trudy de Jong
Blind Spot (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Ate de Jong
Stars: Ansje Beentjes, Jim Berghout, Derek de Lint
Inheritance (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The American Jimmy Sanders is son-in-law and assistant of doctor Delfman. Delfman sees Jimmy as his natural successor, but Jimmy doesn't like this idea. The death of Delfman, however, ... See full summary »

Director: Ate de Jong
Stars: Derek de Lint, Kitty Janssen, Dick Swidde


Cast overview, first billed only:
Monique van de Ven ...
Peter Jan Rens ...
Jan Bosman
Ellen Vogel ...
Mademoiselle Bonnema
Huub van der Lubbe ...
Kees van de Plasse
Siem Vroom ...
Vader Bonnema
Berend Boudewijn ...
Louis Laman
Hetty Blok ...
Executrice Testamentaire
Bernard Mesguich ...
Cultureel Attaché (as Bernard Mesquish)
Eliza Naber ...
Maya van den Broecke ...
Marc Klein Essink ...
Swaantje Rutten ...
Jitske Dijkstra ...
Johan Mittertreiner ...
Robert de Jonker ...


A young painter takes up French lessons with an elder lady to ensure he'll get a grant for a French arts institute. That way he meets Anna, a beautiful married woman nursing the lady's old father, and falls in love with her. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

15 September 1983 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Burning Love  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Follows Turkish Delight (1973) See more »


Brandende Liefde
Music & Lyrics by René Nodelijk
Performed by Johnny Lion (as John Lion)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This flame flickered out
21 December 2005 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

To me the funniest thing about "Brandende Liefde" is the pretentious Rob Houwer productions logo at the start. The producer obviously hoped to have another "Turks Fruit" on his hands, with Monique van de Ven starring (though they apparently wanted TV host Diewertje Blok) in a story based on a Jan Wolkers novel. Yet director Ate de Jong is no Paul Verhoeven (when he moved to Hollywood, his "Robocop" turned out to be "Drop Dead Fred") and Peter Jan Rens is certainly no Rutger Hauer (for one thing, he seems to be the shortest guy in the picture)

Embarrassingly, all of Rens dialog had to be dubbed (by Kees Prins) as he had tremendous difficulty with his lines. His best friend in the picture, played by the lead singer of 'De Dijk', is equally out of sync, though this may be his own doing. In flashback we see the two of them playing over aged art students trying to get a grand. Rens takes French lesions from an old unmarried lady with a horrible secret in her past and gets obsessed with Van de Ven, who lives in the same building with her famous violin playing husband. The young artist desperately wants her to model for him, but will have to wait seven years, or at least until those flashbacks end.

The inexperienced male leads range from wildly over the top in one scene to stiff as a board the next. Jan Wolkers' humor and dialog is predictably crass and the musical score unbelievably annoying. Although Wolkers has stated he thought the performances very good, at the premiere he mistook Peter Jan Rens with another Dutch actor, introducing him as Peter Jan Faber (might have been one of his jokes). Rens eventually found fame as gross children's personality Meneer Kaktus, before becoming a game show host. The fact that we now know what his real voice sounds like, makes "Brandende Liefde" even sillier to watch.

4 out of 10

7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Burning Love (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: