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Goldfish Game (2002)

 |  Drama  |  15 March 2002 (Belgium)
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An unusual family and a staff of two are preparing a party on their cosy mansion. There is the mother and the father, who don't seem to have a normal marriage anymore, there's the daughter,... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Grace Ellen Barkey
Anneke Bonnema
Timothy Couchman
Dick Crane
Gonzalo Cunill ...
Hans Peter Dahl
Viviane de Muynck ...
Victor Lauwers ...
Simon Versnel ...
Leopold Grandiflora


An unusual family and a staff of two are preparing a party on their cosy mansion. There is the mother and the father, who don't seem to have a normal marriage anymore, there's the daughter, Lena, who has a disease and will soon leave the house for medical treatment in Switzerland, and her husband Harry, who has a mysterious past. Afang and Xiang are the Asian housekeepers. They have a son, Jai, who is loved by everyone and who keeps the house alive. By occasion, the family plays a bizarre game: when someone rings a bell, everyone has to undress as quikly as possible, dive in the swimming pool, and grab the wooden fish in the pool. Some guests join the family for a farewell-part for Lena. There's Ushi, Harry's lawyer, who knows something about Harry Lena doesn't know, Eddie, a friend of Harry and his new girlfriend Pol, and at last, there are two policemen who are in fact unwelcome. They come to get Afang & Xiang, because they were once involved in a war, and they have to testifie. By ... Written by Sven De Schutter <>

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Superb drama of Belgian origin
17 March 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie to watch with a beer, a bag of chips and drifting attention. I set out that way and ended up will a full bag of chips. Instead you have to keep your senses primed to catch every little detail. If you do, you'll find yourself in a torrent of a story which continually keeps you wondering where it will turn next.

The plot is strong and unconventional plot and cannot be explained in detail here as seeing it in the movie itself is its main charm. The setting is a country house occupied by a family together with a few friends. Initially, all seems jolly and fun, with frolic and play under a warm sun. Soon though, events take an abrupt serious turn with death making its appearance, though not as serious as it seems on first sight. The movie repeatedly pulls this trick, putting the watcher on edge, to be followed by a sigh of relief. But there is a real edge in it, disturbingly sharp, and you have to see the entire movie to fully grasp it.

The twisting and turning plot line is supported by excellent directing, good acting and a gradual revealing of the background of the characters. The camera-work is cut in a deliberate jagged way that supports how the story is told. All together a beautiful composition that keeps your attention bound from the first minute to the last. If there is something a literature in movies, this is it.

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