Cloaca (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  23 October 2003 (Netherlands)
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Four old college friends in their forties come together in a time of trouble and despair. Old joy relives, but the harsh reality of their problems can't satisfy them and eventually endangers their friendships.


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Peter Blok ...
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ...
Jaap Spijkers ...
Elsie de Brauw ...
Caro Lenssen ...
Marleen Stolz ...
Helena (as Marleen Stoltz)
Eric Schneider ...
Jacques Vermeulen
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Jeroen Spitzenberger ...
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Benjamin de Wit ...
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Marnix Stassen ...
Dianne Krijnen ...
Iwan Walhain ...
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The relationship of four old college friends in trouble is renewed when they get dependent on each other. Pieter doesn't want to give back eight valuable paintings he took from the art depot of the municipality for each year as a birthday present. To help him, he requests the help from Tom, once a lawyer, but now a drug addict. Politician Joep, quarrelling with his wife and in the race for becoming a member of the Dutch cabinet, is hiding at Pieter's place. Joep's daughter is actress in a play of stage director Maarten. Secretly Maarten is having sex with her and he is looking for an opportunity to tell. For some time the friendship of the four is revived, but are they willing to go through fire and water for one another? Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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23 October 2003 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Cloaca - Alte Freunde  »

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The movie is based on the successful stage play with the same name, also written by Maria Goos. The four main actors are the same as in the theatre version. See more »


Tom: For a moment I play the devil's advocate. If I was the municipality I'd sue you.
Pieter: Why?
Tom: Embezzlement.
Joep: Embezzlement?
Tom: Yes.
Pieter: But you're not the devil's advocate, you're my lawyer.
Joep: But, I really can't have that, Piet. In a week I am minister. A gay okay, but an embezzling gay really is impossible.
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24 February 2004 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Indeed a good movie. I consider this type of miscommunication and arguing a typical dutch movie-subject. The result is often horrible, to my taste. This one is on the good side of the fence and very well acted. What really moved me was how all characters are portrayed as real humans, at least hinting that they have a life off the screen, without having to like them. This I find very rare. Not just the four friends, but the prostitute, the Chinese shop owner and even the hash-selling moped driver is more than just a hash-seller by the few words he speaks (see, I don't even use the word 'dealer'). Regarding the main characters: they do some stupid and horrible things that are not OK. However, the movie shows those characters as a******s, not as villains.

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