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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Hilbrand ...
Bob Griffioen
Jeroen Willems ...
Federico Federici
de Lange
Jelka van Houten ...
Giam Kwee ...
André Arend van de Noord ...
Dennis (as André Arend van Noord)
Bert Luppes ...
Rik van de Westelaken ...
Peter van Bokhorst ...
Sarah Jonker ...
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14 months after loosing his partner while making a UNICEF documentary in Afghanistan, Dutch photographer Bob Griffioen's benefactor Federico Federici has landed him a National Geographic assignment on the Wadden island Texel. Shooting wildlife there, Bob meets hedonistic waitress-student Kathleen, who practices nudism on the beach. Alas, her boss and sugar-daddy 'the Mummy' is involved in major drug trade. Both lovers are soon dragged into it, without knowing if they even can trust each-other. Written by KGF Vissers

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20 March 2008 (Netherlands)  »

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Nyári hőség  »


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€431,606 (Netherlands), 23 March 2008, Limited Release
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Actors Sophie Hilbrand and Waldemar Torenstra are a couple in real life. See more »


The bird of prey, which is being photographed in the dunes is not a native bird for the Netherlands, but a (trained, captive) American buzzard. See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'Zomerhitte' (2008) See more »

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Interesting story, but some things could have been worked out more
23 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

The story: On the island Texel, photographer Bob, who makes a photo shoot for a magazine, meets the mysterious Kathleen. Her free spirit and lust for life intrigues Bob, who has suffered a very traumatic experience shortly before. Her life is not so simple as it seems, however. Through Kathleen, Bob gets entangled in a dangerous network. Will Kathleen be able to win his trust?

Review: The dialogue in this movie is very natural and the story unfolds nicely although it stays a bit on the surface and it would have been nice if the character's 'psychology' would have been worked out a little more. Why do these people do the things they do? What motivates their choices? This is what gives a movie depth and something to think about in my view. The story never reaches an emotional climax, even though the characters go through enough to justify that. So you don't get to know the characters on that deeper level. The actors deliver good work and play in a very natural and 'believable' way, but I think it would have suited the movie better if Kathleen had been played by a younger actress, as this character's naiveness doesn't quite work for a grown-up woman. Camera-work is nice, and there are some great shots of the nature on the island. I give the movie a 7/10.

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