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Voyeur (1986)
"Abel" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  2 August 1991 (USA)
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An extremely weird comedy revolving around the life of 31- year-old Abel, who has never left home (literally). After failing with doctors and psychiatrists, Abel's father Victor brings home... See full summary »

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Abel
Henri Garcin ...
Victor
Olga Zuiderhoek ...
Duif
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Zus
Loes Luca ...
Christine
Arend Jan Heerma van Voss ...
Psychiatrist
Anton Kothuis ...
Magnetic Healer
Peer Mascini ...
Director
Elmar Schiphorst ...
Waitress
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Fishmonger
Jan-Willem Hees ...
Old Cyclist
Jeroen Henneman ...
Dying Cowboy
Mieke Verdin ...
Woman with Dog
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Man with Dog
Otakar Votocek ...
Man with a Cold
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An extremely weird comedy revolving around the life of 31- year-old Abel, who has never left home (literally). After failing with doctors and psychiatrists, Abel's father Victor brings home Christine, a friend, in an attempt to teach Abel basic social skills. But Victor's wife Duif accuses him of having an affair, and in the ensuing row Abel is thrown out into the street. But help is at hand when he runs into kind-hearted stripper Zus - whose show Victor is obsessed with... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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No one is sane
10 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wonderful surreal comedy of Dutch (bad) manners, with superb playing through the entire cast of eccentrics, misfits and lunatics. Olga Zuiderhoek is excellent as the implacably doting mother Duif, obsessed with fertility and sabotaging all her husband's schemes to get their son Abel to lead a "normal" life. But the film is made by Henri Garcin as (the possibly ironically named) husband Victor, whose descent into madness is delightfully reminiscent of Herbert Lom's Inspector Dreyfus.

Only Annet Malherbe's Zus lets the side down, passive and accepting of her place on her admirers' pedestals, more cipher than Circe. Maybe her line that "all women like to be watched" seemed profound thirty years ago; not so much now.


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