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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Cast

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Peter Blok ...
Tom
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Pieter
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ...
Joep
Jaap Spijkers ...
Maarten
Elsie de Brauw ...
Conny
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Laura
Marleen Stolz ...
Helena (as Marleen Stoltz)
Eric Schneider ...
Brest
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Jacques Vermeulen
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Benjamin de Wit ...
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Marnix Stassen ...
Percussionist
Dianne Krijnen ...
Colleague
Iwan Walhain ...
Drug courier on moped
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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 (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Also Known As:

Cloaca - Alte Freunde  »

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Actors Peter Blok, Pierre Bokma and Gijs Scholten van Aschat and director Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen are real life college friends. See more »

Quotes

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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Splendid acting? Hmpf...
8 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since I saw this film, but the one thing I remember best is the fact I was so unimpressed by the acting. While I was still living in Holland, a friend of the family said: 'if you want to see the creme de la creme of Dutch acting, rent this film!' So I did and I wasn't impressed in the least by the unconvincing Dutch actors. Seeing British and (fair enough) a few American actors on screen, you believe they are the people they're portraying. But in this film, I'm sad to say, I had the feeling that the four main actors were very uncomfortable, undoubtedly did their best, but the outcome is nothing much... If you like arty films and are a fan of any of the actors, go and rent it... But if you really want to see a good Dutch film, rent 'Van God Los'. That was far better than this, (this was, to sum up: a rather weak effort to make it feel like a good film). and based on real events.


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