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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Actor in play
Benjamin de Wit ...
Actor in play
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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Well done
5 May 2004 | by (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Even though this is 'just' a TV movie, it has the look and feel of 'real cinema'.

The lead roles are played by Dutch stage actors (the movie is based on a successful stage play with the same name, featuring the same actors), but most of these actors were in motion pictures and TV films before, so they know very well (or even remarkably well) how not to play to the balcony.

The cinematography is simply beautiful and the editing is what I would call 'fluent'. A nice rhythm of long, medium and close-up shots and some dolly work at the right times. Some Dutch movies try to look like a reality-TV show, but this one has cinematic qualities.

Since the main theme is friendship eroded by ambition, secrets, and betrayal, it does not really matter that the storyline and settings are a bit 'overburdened' (I mean, a future cabinet minister, a stage director chasing the lead actress in his play, a homosexual civil servant accused of stealing paintings, and an attorney with a cocaine addiction and a tendency to cut himself up - that's richer than Holland's Golden Age ..).

The supporting roles are fine, with Laura (the 18-year old daughter of one of the friends and femme fatale for one of the other friends) delivering some magnificent Lolita eye candy.

Well done, and good news for Dutch cinema. This movie deserves to be on wide-screen celluloid in a theater near you.


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