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Simon (2004)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 September 2004 (Netherlands)
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A mild-mannered gay dentist and a hedonist womanizer rekindle their unlikely friendship when the latter's terminal cancer drives them back together after a decade apart.

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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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Comedy | Drama

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30 September 2004 (Netherlands)  »

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€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,453 (USA) (7 April 2006)
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One of the Greats
3 December 2004 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

This is not only the best dutch movie that I have ever seen, but one of the most moving movies that I have ever seen. Great picture of dutch society, on extraordinarily interesting people, full of great humor and sadness, and most importantly on life and death (parallel to the last two). This film is FULL in every way that a film should and can be. It is the heart-filling and heart-wrenching story of one of the most extraordinarily human lives (beautifully acted) ever put on film. It is about Simon, his fast life, his loved ones, and his chosen death. It is also about the truly free society, where all can choose their life and their death for themselves. It is a portrait of a culture of personal responsibility, love, and life that is so needed everywhere. It will make you think, laugh and cry. When and if you can, see this picture, you won't be disappointed. It's one of the greats.

As the Tagline says: Simon will change your life.


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