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Zonder Zelda (1997)

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Wander is working as an engine operator on a cargo-ship. When he takes a coffee-break, a woman appears in a talkshow on TV. In an instant, Wander recognizes her to be his long lost ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Isabel Erisman ...
Zelda (at 14)
Damien Hope ...
Wander (at 14)
Elsie de Brauw ...
Jaap Spijkers ...
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ...
Father of Zelda
Bert Luppes ...
Pater Adelbert
Marnie Blok ...
Micha Hulshof ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dieuwertje Blok ...
Tom de Ket ...
Man on ship
Bob Fosko ...
Man on ship (as Geert Timmers)
Bruun Kuyt ...
Wander's Father (as Bruun Kuijt)
Eugène Ligtvoet ...
Man on ship
Joan Nederlof ...
Sister Gerarda
Hiske van der Linden ...
Wander's Mother


Wander is working as an engine operator on a cargo-ship. When he takes a coffee-break, a woman appears in a talkshow on TV. In an instant, Wander recognizes her to be his long lost girl-friend Zelda from childhood days some 20 years ago. In these days, Wander used to live in a boarding-school. From his room window, he can see the house on the opposite river bank where Zelda lives. She's a really adorable young beauty, but she's less affected than one should think, and so Wander gets his chance. They are having a good time until one day when Wander finds Zelda's father in the school kitchen making love to the kitchen maid. Things turn out bad for most of the characters involved, but there's an open end. Written by Claus Horn

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Growing Pains
11 November 2007 | by (Brugge, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This deceptively unassuming made for TV movie expertly captures the atmosphere, simultaneously stifling and liberating, of Holland in the late '60s without resorting to such time-honored cinematic shorthand like filling the soundtrack with a plethora of period tunes, though Shocking Blue's justly legendary "Venus" is exceptionally well used.

Aimless teens Wander (Damien Hope) and Zelda (Isabel Erisman), from different sides of the tracks, fall in love as they attend the same strict Calvinist school. The girl's increasingly erratic behavior alerts Wander to the possibility that all's not well on the home front. Years later, as an adult (and played by the formidable Jaap Spijkers of POOLSE BRUID fame), he catches sight of her on a TV show where she appears to be trying to re-establish contact with her father (who left soon after the episode we have just witnessed) and the terrible truth comes out.

To reveal more of the slender yet meticulously constructed storyline would be a shame as the film consists of subtle touches that gradually shed light on a painful secret, almost a thriller with its final sucker punch revelation. Acting by the two young leads is outstanding, especially pretty blonde Erisman who tackles the complex title character with tremendous passion and conviction uncanny in one so youthful. This miniature masterpiece deserves much wider exposure.

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