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One of the best films on relationships in years.
hometax from United States
19 February 2006
Katja is the quintessential "not available" female. She's barely
available on the job, almost not available to her lover Hendrik, and
certainly not available at all to her abject father. She flies thru
life, we don't get to see her achieve anything, but she sure is busy.
Hendrik is the classic intellectual "no load", taking up space on the
planet, using the planets resources of air, water and food, but
producing nothing, not even writing. He does provide a compliant and
supportive base for Katja, who is the sole breadwinner. Saida is
elusive to us. She starts out without makeup, with drab clothing, etc
and appears to be consistent with her status of illegal immigrant doing
menial tasks. However, as her relationship with Hendrik unfolds, she
grows in appearance, ultimately we see her as a heartbreakingly
beautiful, vulnerable, and utterly desirable female. We NEVER get to
deduce her motives nor all of her emotions, she remains an alluring
mystery to us. There is a twist ending, one that to me is
representative of real life, and I won't reveal that to you, better see
the film. It's worth it.
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