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Nothing to Lose (2008)
"TBS" (original title)

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Johan, convicted for killing his own father and sister, escapes from a TBS clinic (a criminal hospital in the Netherlands) and tracks down his mother in order to prove his innocence.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Maassen ...
Johan
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Tessa
Bob Schwarze ...
Joska
Ria Marks ...
Therapeute 1
Karst Woudstra ...
Psychiater
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Advocaat Johan
Romana Vrede ...
Begeleidster kliniek
Martijn de Rijk ...
Bewaarder kliniek
Menno Van Beekum ...
Rechter
Roos Ouwehand ...
Therapeute 2
Kevin Llewellyn ...
Patiënt 1
Bing Wiersma ...
Patiënt 2
Peter van Bokhorst ...
Autoverkoper
Yale Sackman ...
Vriendin Tessa
Pim Lambeau ...
Oma
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Johan, convicted for the murder of his father and sister, has been locked up in a TBS clinic (a hospital for criminals with a psychical disorder) for years. When he hears he will be transfered to a Long Stay ward - where nobody has ever been released from - he hopes his mother, who he hasn't spoken for years, will come to his hearing so she can tell the judge he didn't murder his sister, that his father abused him and was about to abuse his sister and that Johan therefore killed his father. However, his mother doesn't turn up. Realizing he's out of options, he escapes, determined to find his mother, so she can write a statement saying what really happened. Pretty soon however, he gets pursued by the police and in a rather desperate attempt to stay out of their hands, he kidnaps a 13-year old girl, Tessa. Together they drive through the Netherlands and Belgium to find his mother. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Not everything is love

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The fact that the sun is suddenly shining behind Tessa symbolizes the effect the girl has on him. An almost romantic atmosphere occurs when he gives her the earrings. Call it enchantment... See more »

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Down to earth and touching at the same time
3 February 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This film premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. It's about a criminal who's under a special type of therapy, TBS. He manages to escape. The TBS method is very controversial and is often criticized in the Netherlands for the amount of escaped criminals lately. Director Pieter Kuijpers achieves to create an interesting mood, blending fear, violence, feelings of safety and dreamy thoughts in one paranoia mixture. This atmosphere is really powerful and easily keeps this movie interesting along the way. I'm not sure about the performance of Theo Maassen (he's a dutch comedian, couldn't really get that thought out of my head) but he's not a miscast. Lisa Smit surely fulfills her roll decently. The script is excellent and suspense is present at almost every moment. It's really powerful. I found the use of sound impressive, it's pretty special and powerful.

Overall it's just a great movie. It's still lingers in my mind a bit. I would recommended this film to everyone.


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