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Character (1997)
"Karakter" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  27 March 1998 (USA)
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Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

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Betty Schuurman ...
Tamar van den Dop ...
Lorna Te George
Victor Löw ...
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Hans Kesting ...
Lou Landré ...
Rentenstein
Bernard Droog ...
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Frans Vorstman ...
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Fred Goessens ...
Jasper Gottlieb ...
Jacob 6 jaar
Marius Gottlieb ...
Jacob 6 jaar
Pavlik Jansen op de Haar ...
Jacob 12 jaar
Marisa Van Eyle ...
Jiffrouw Sibculo
Wim Van Der Grijn ...
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J.W. Katadreuffe is the son of Joba Katadreuffe and A.B. Drevenhaven. Though fully neglected by Joba, Dreverhaven ensures the succesfull career of his son. Mostly unseen, though he sues his son a few times. The son Katadreuffe succeeds, but at great costs. Written by Klaas van Gend <Klaas@vangend.demon.nl>

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$37,268 (USA) (27 March 1998)

Gross:

$713,413 (USA) (5 June 1998)
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In one of the street scenes, you can see an extra in modern outfit and with no headwear on. See more »

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Joba: Why don't you leave our boy in peace?
Dreverhaven: I'll strangle him for nine-tenths, and the last tenth will make him strong.
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Stunning Dutch psycho drama
28 January 2003 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

It's no wonder that this Dutch drama got the 1997 Academy Award for the best foreign country movie in the year of "Titanic". It tells the rise-and-fall-story of a young man in the Netherlands of the 1920's who's working hard to escape from the ghetto and to become an idealistic lawyer. Unfortunately his brutal an tyrannic father fights against him in any possible way, and at the end father and son are facing in a hard fight for life and death.

The story is great, the characters (sic!) of the plot even more, and the acting is pure adrenaline-driven. The whole atmosphere, supported by the dark filming locations of Amsterdam, Belgium, Germany (the Speicherstadt in Hamburg) and Poland, is disturbing and depressing. A great psycho drama and insight into the human psyche with a powerful performance by Jan Decleir as villain Dreverhaven that can easily compete with Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter movies!


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