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Simon (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 September 2004 (Netherlands)
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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Simon Cohen
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Camiel Vrolijk
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Sharon
Nadja Hüpscher ...
Joy
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Ellen
Daan Ekkel ...
Marco
Dirk Zeelenberg ...
Bram
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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. Having 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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gay | dentist | cancer | soft drugs | drugs | See All (82) »

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Hij verandert je leven (He will change your life)

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Comedy | Drama

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Симон  »

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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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When Joy and Floris are descending the stairs at the wedding, he is on her right side, but in the next shot he is suddenly on her left. See more »

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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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An emotionally aggressive film
13 May 2007 | by (Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

This film is extremely well elaborated. Without spoiling the movie for you, basically, Simon is a sad story between a drug-dealing, "living la vida loca" young man, and a gay man he unexpectedly met.

14 years later, they meet again, but this time, the situation is totally different.

The filmmakers do an excellent job at the beginning of the movie, that is, making people dive deep into the story, the characters and the general atmosphere. This has as consequence, later after the middle of the movie, that the filmmakers start playing with the audience's emotions, leveraging on all the details presented during the beginning to force the audience into the main topic of the movie.

The second half of the movie is the sad part of it. There, the lives of all the people involved are bound together by an unexpected tragedy. The film has an obvious ending, but during that time, the audience's feelings and emotions are constantly touched and moved. This emotional play is perfect for the deep meanings of the movie: a reflexion and the presenting of different perspectives of homosexuality, drugs, sex and eutanasia.


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