According to an ancient Indian tale a giant monster embryo residing in a crystal vase is predetermined to fertilize a blue-eyed woman. She will give birth to something evil to unleash ... See full summary »
Rudolf van den Berg
Monique van de Ven,
Esmée de la Bretonière,
Lahn is a heroin addict who will do anything for his dose. After he robs his roommate, Denis, he shows up at the door of Denis' best friend, Trevor, to see if he will hide him for a while. ... See full summary »
Woman (Laura) falls in love with girl (Sylvia). They have an affair, but suddenly Sylvia runs off with the ex-husband of Laura. Laura can't understand why, but Sylvia doesn't want to talk ... See full summary »
After his wife Marjan has died in a car crash, Philip de Wit becomes a total wreck. Only after months does he return to a more or less normal life and even then he only works in his wife's ... See full summary »
The members of a Dutch soccer team have been playing together since they were little boys. Now, in their twenties, they all have have their own "grown-up" problems. With the team's 500th ... See full summary »
Jean van de Velde
Danny de Munk,
Fun, dark humored. slightly surreal look at post-adolescence
I enjoyed this film of the beloved Dutch novel, although I'm sure there are a lot of culture specific references I missed.
The dark, odd humor of Frits, a somewhat lost young man in his early 20s, who still lives at home and can't seem to make the leap to full adulthood is appealing, with a undertone of sadness. And the film shares his vaguely surreal, blackly comedic outlook. His mantra; "Things are bad. Otherwise I'm fine."
He is obsessed with a stuffed rabbit, confused about his sexuality, and completely out of sync with his parents.
What the film lacked, for me, was the deeply moving and even tragic power of the story to which I've now heard it compared several times "A Catcher in the Rye". This felt lighter, less substantial, if similar in seeing the world subjectively through the eyes of a less than centered young man. I quite liked it it, and will re-see it, but it didn't pack the kind of punch for me that Salinger's novel did.
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