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Anna is a vital woman who is married and has two daughters. She picks up her old passion of writing again after frequent requests by a colleague and a friend, but she had not foreseen the consequences of family and friends reading her stories...

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Anna
Peter Blok ...
Paul
Sarah Jonker ...
Robin
Sophie van Winden ...
Isabelle
Anne-Wil Blankers ...
Sybille
Tanja Jess ...
Jolande
Ali Ben Horsting ...
Gregor
Petra Laseur ...
Kristen Denkers ...
Trudy
Roos Ouwehand ...
Sybille (Age 20)
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Hugo
Jeroen Willems ...
Gerard
Jacqueline Blom ...
Ellie
Miguel Muñoz ...
Anna's father
Thijme Sjiew-oe-Joen ...
Anna (Age 3)
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Anna picks up her life-long, as a girl discouraged ambition to write. Preparing to the autobiographic formula of her favorite author, she taps into her, her ma's and two daughters' love and family life as well as her professional experience as midwife. Pondering these, mixed up with gore fantasy, only stirs past and present tension for all concerned. Written by KGF Vissers

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29 September 2005 (Netherlands)  »

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Im Labyrinth des Lebens  »

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€2,500,000 (estimated)
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Director Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer when the movie was shot. Co-director Jean van de Velde was attracted to replace him if there would be a need for that. Van de Sande Bakhuysen did manage to complete the movie, but he died one day before its release. See more »

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9 October 2005 | by (amsterdam, the netherlands) – See all my reviews

I expected a lot from this director and the screenwriter, their previous cooperation on 'Cloaca' led to a masterpiece. This film however is a big disaster. It contains too many dramatic events spread over too many characters. Everybody in this film is totally wasted, the dialog is purely psychological jadajada and serves no function in telling a story that connects the different characters in a plot. As a viewer it is impossible to connect to one of the characters for longer than 2 minutes, their problems are merely unbelievable entertainment that just goes in with your popcorn but does not have any meaning. What also puzzles me is why they did not work with the same Director of Photography as in Cloaca, as it looked fantastic. Leef! however has a bleached out look, Using very hard light on the faces of the characters, I guess the idea was to enlarge their mental status by making them look more tormented, not very interesting to look at though.


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