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Sea of Silence (2003)

Verder dan de maan (original title)
Caro, a 9 year old girl, wants to understand the mysteries of the world around her. However, her religious education and the modern world don't always seem to make a good match.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mees Werner sr.
Ita Werner
Neeltje de Vree ...
Caro Werner
Nyk Runia ...
Mees Werner jr.
Yannic Pieters ...
Bram Werner
Julia Van Lisenburg ...
Annette Werner
Isabel Leur ...
Lettie Werner
Anneke Blok ...
Tante Connie
Tante Masha
Kees Hulst ...
Oom Tom
Michiel Beurskens ...
Marisa Van Eyle ...
Tante Veronica
Jappe Claes ...
Oom Willy
Betty Schuurman ...
Valentijn Vermeer ...


1969. Nine-year old Caro lives on a pig farm in a small town with her four other siblings and another on the way. She is curious and determined to understand the mysteries of the world around her. But her devout catholic father can't explain the new world and her mother is too busy for philosophy so she converses to God. One day at school she is horrified to learn that man will soon set foot on the moon. In her eyes it's not possible that God would allow anyone to get so close to Heaven. Her clowning father agrees and, unable to cope with modern-day progress, hits the bottle. Caro is preparing for her first holy communion to become 'a bride of God' but before that she seals a pact with her father to overcome her fear of swimming in exchange, he will not touch a drop of alcohol. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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29 October 2003 (Belgium)  »

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This film will replace the anesthesia-procedure in hospitals
8 January 2004 | by (Gent, Belgium) – See all my reviews

'Verder dan de Maan' is the new movie from Stijn Coninx. It tells us the story of a family living on a pig-farm, struggling with each-other. Huub Stapel is being portrayed as the typical drunk low-life husband who tries to be the good father, but who regrettably has a drinking problem. The wife is being played by Johanna Ter Steege, who is protecting her children and trying to save the family. Nothing new under the 'moon'.

This movie has been officially selected to be our entry for the Oscars in 2004. Unfortunately for other, far better Belgium films, this decision was made by people who obviously don't have a clue what Belgium currently experiencing with films like: 'The Emperor's Wife', 'De Zaak Alzheimer' or 'Any Way The Wind Blows'. All magnificent films made in 2003 in Belgium, in a country where we make maybe 10 feature films per year. It is a disgrace that we have to go to America with this pathetic excuse for a film. I don't get it! This movie resembles a lot Antonia (1995) who won an Oscar for best foreign film. And this is probably the reason and the only reason why this film has been send. Poor Belgium!

There are few Belgian actors playing in this movie. Practically all of them are coming from Holland. There is a lot of over-acting and the scenes are very cliché and old. I felt that I was kind of looking at a film from the 1980's. The film doesn't surprise us in any way. And Stijn Coninx hasn't made anything good since 'Daens' (1992). His film 'Licht' (1998) was very bad. 'Verder dan de Maan' is one big mistake and shame on those responsible for sending this film to the Academy Awards!

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