An aging hippy and a beautiful young woman meet in Amsterdam and find love.
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Credited cast:
Angela Groothuizen ...
Max Meyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nichola Aigner ...
Chip Bray ...
Larry (30 years old)
Merieke de Boer ...
Young bride
Angelique de Bruijne ...
Waitress on the boat
Tijn Docter ...
Shy Boy
Abdelghafar Essalfi ...
Man in bus
Jerusha Geelhoed ...
TV journalist in photo exhbition


Larry Goldberg is the owner of a second-hand bookstore in Amsterdam. He came to The Netherlands 30 years ago. He's a middle aged hermit who likes to talk and has an answer to everything. He is intelligent and has a sense of humour. One day, a girl walks into his store, who looks like Larry's lost love from Morocco. The girl makes Larry rethink his life. In the surroundings of the bookstore, a lot of criminal, but also funny activities take place. Besides Amsterdam, the movie also travels to Morocco, to see Larry and his love 30 years before, and to the United States, where Aïsha's family lives. Written by Hoofmark

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A story of first loves and second chances.



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Rated R for some nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »


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29 August 2002 (Netherlands)  »

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O vivliopolis tou Amsterdam  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Bittersweet love story--surprising work by Burt
7 April 2003 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

A nice tale of redemption and love...Burt plays a hermit-like bookseller and former poet who still carries wounds from a past love affair. Oddly enough, his old flame's daughter (out 'discovering' her purpose in life, much like Burt's character did in flashbacks) stumbles onto his shop...and he falls in love again, not realizing his interest in her is because she reminds him of her mother...

Julie Christie is an odd casting as his old love, as you're left wondering what this very British lady is doing playing a Moroccan woman--but, then you look at Burt and can't help seeing "The Bandit" in his sixties, old, broken and it's a wash.

A beautiful, subtle little movie. Burt makes you think of how some of his past characters might have aged, and still creates a new character in this haunted old man who has retreated from life, yet is still full of life.

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