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Enterprising liberal Jew Simon Cohen is the lawless lord of an Amsterdam neighborhood, running a 'coffee' shop' (legal soft drugs sale). As soon as they bump into each-other, Simon ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cees Geel ...
Simon Cohen
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Camiel Vrolijk
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Sharon
Nadja Hüpscher ...
Joy
Eva Duijvestein ...
Ellen
Daan Ekkel ...
Marco
Dirk Zeelenberg ...
Bram
Stijn Koomen ...
Nelson
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Floris (as Johnny de Mol jr.)
Maria Kooistra ...
Gwen
Femke Lakerveld ...
Adrienne
Natasja Loturco ...
Astrid, Camiel's Assistant
Araba Walton ...
Gisela
Medi Broekman ...
Priscilla
Dennis Rudge ...
Sjimmie
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Enterprising liberal Jew Simon Cohen is the lawless lord of an Amsterdam neighborhood, running a 'coffee' shop' (legal soft drugs sale). As soon as they bump into each-other, Simon fascinates gay, up to then conventionalist Jewish dentistry student Camiel Vrolijk and draws him into his libertine world, even all the way to Thailand for B-movie making. Hvaing seduced Simon's whorish girl, embarrassed Simon leaves quietly. Ten years later, the dentist, now settled with a gay partner, lawyer Bram, meets the new cancer-terminal but affluent Simon again. Written by KGF Vissers

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Hij verandert je leven (He will change your life)

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30 September 2004 (Netherlands)  »

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Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,453 (USA) (7 April 2006)

Gross:

$2,453 (USA) (7 April 2006)
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There are several images of Buddha in Simon's apartment when Camiel comes to visit after Simon has told him he has cancer. One of Buddha's precepts is that all life is suffering. Simon makes other references to suffering when he and Camiel go to the hospital to start his chemotherapy treatments and they observe people sick and dying from cancer, and there are several more references to Buddha in the dialogue through the end of the movie. See more »

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hilarious and sadness walk the path of life hand in hand
23 September 2004 | by (Utrecht, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Extraordinary film with great humor and witty conversations. I was swept of my feet before the first 5 minutes were over. Yes, the movie is very funny - I had tears in my eyes from laughing - but sometimes the tears that had started from laughter, remained to be there because of the sadness of Simon's illness...

It's pace is quite fast, it's very difficult to get bored in viewing it. The play of lead actor Cees Geel is excellent, as viewer you fall in love with this guy from the start and won't be disappointed about him as the movie proceeds. He plays a very humorous and positive guy, who's a bit macho, but also very sweet. People around him are regularly been given a big smile on their faces.

But also Marcel Hensema is playing very convincingly as the gay Camiel who's studying to become a dentist. He's a bit more introvert than Simon, but he and Simon fit well together in both fun and conversations on life's issues and become very close friends.

I guess the movie is filled with typically Dutch issues. The nudeness and joints are all over the screen, but also the way conversations are held on being gay (Camiel) and how to deal with Cancer (Simon) could be seen as open-minded (or controversial?) Dutch.

All and all I found this movie highly entertaining while it touched some heavy emotions at the same time.


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