Psychological thriller. Geography teacher smuggles a case of heroin for a friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Egon Wagter
Marcie Nussbaum
Axel van de Graaf
Jeroen Willems ...
Michiel Polak
Saskia Temmink ...
Porgy Franssen ...
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ...
Gwen Eckhaus ...
Egon's Mother
Man in Hotel (as Gène Bervoets)
Kees Hulst ...
Anke Engels ...
Dimme Treurniet ...
Paul Gieske ...
Irene Slotboom ...


Psychological thriller. For a manipulative childhood friend, a geographer smuggles a suitcase of heroin to an Asian city. The woman he hands the smuggled goods to says, just like him, not to have any experience in the drugs trade. How did these people come to this? Written by Anonymous

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Written and composed by Werner Theunissen
Published by EMI Music Publishing
Performedy by Pussycat
From the album "Mississippi"
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Great film
1 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Though structured totally different from the book by Tim Krabbé who wrote the original 'The Vanishing' (Spoorloos) it does have the same overall feel, except for that Koolhoven's style is less business-like and more lyric. The beginning is great, the middle is fine, but the sting is in the end. A surprise emotional ending. As you could read in several magazines there is some sex in the film, but it is done all very beautifully. Never explicit, but with lots of warmth and sometimes even humour. It is a shame American films can't be as open an honoust as this one. Where Dutch films tend to go just over the edge when it comes to this subject, 'De Grot' stays always within the boundaries of good taste. 'De Grot' tells an amazing story stretched over more than 30 years. When you'll leave the cinema you'll be moved. What can we ask more of a film? Anyway, this film even gives more....

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