A downtrodden waiter decides to take up matters with the screenwriter determined to make him suffer.

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Victoria
Jaap Spijkers ...
Walter
Mark Rietman ...
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Kees Prins ...
Zakenman 1
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Zakenman 2
Porgy Franssen ...
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Stella (as Line Van Wambeke)
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Richard
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Joop Admiraal ...
Magere man
Jakop Ahlbom ...
Stanley
Martine Berghuijs ...
Vrouw
Loek Beumer ...
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Edgar is a waiter in a mediocre restaurant, where clients and even his mistress prove abusive, while his sick wife and criminal neighbors are no better. How bad it gets is a matter of discussion between Edgar, script-writer Herman, his meddling girl-friend Suzie and various other characters, who regularly complain to Herman, who thus repeatedly changes the script... yet never to everyone's satisfaction, least of all his own. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 September 2006 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Um Empregado de Mesa  »

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€69,831 (Netherlands) (1 October 2006)
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Featured in Allemaal film: Tussen kunst en kassa (2007) See more »

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Qwerty
Written by Vincent van Warmerdam
Arranged by Hein Offermans
Performed by the Metropole Orkest with the permission of the VPRO
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A black comedy like no other
12 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Edgar is a waiter in a mediocre restaurant. I could go on, talking about his bedridden wife, his lover, her overprotective brother. But to do so would be to miss the point of this sublime exercise of the writer's art. Ober was my introduction to the films of Alex van Warmerdam and is still my favourite of the many wonderful movies he has produced. On one level it's a black comedy, on another it's an exercise in surrealism, on another level it's an existential movie that asks "What would your life be like if you could talk to your creator". And, on every level, it is completely hilarious. I totally disagree with the reviewer who complains about it being subtitled. I don't speak a lot of Dutch so perhaps that makes a difference, but the actors speaking their native tongue produce an energy in the dialog that is completely lost in dubbed movies, IMO. I cannot praise this film enough. It made me laugh like a loon, it made me cry, it made me think, and I kept thinking about it long after it had finished. That makes it a work of art, in my book.


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