Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to... See full summary »
In 1940, a struggling poor young man falls for a girl who must pay a terrible price to save her mentally disabled brother by marring a powerful shrewed businessman. Then Rotterdam Blitz, a devastating German bombardment, begins.
A 24 hours ceasefire. The situation in Falluja is devastating- no food, no medications, no help. A group of five people sets out with the plan to help- they end up fighting for the lives of... See full summary »
Lancelot von Naso
Sweder Speelman leads a successful life with his wife Cecile. But he realizes he's a spectator of his own life. Sweder decides to disappear to see how Cecile responds to his absence. As he observes his wife, he loses touch with reality.
Elsie de Brauw,
A famous game show host is being harassed in a restaurant by a strange man who claims to have kidnapped his wife and daughter. A morbid game ensues in which the game show host turns out to be the contestant.
Based on a book about an infamous real scandal in the Dutch crime scene, the film aims at exposing the horrors caused by corruption on both sides of the law. A rookie policeman is coerced ... See full summary »
Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to find the boy, and walks right into a training camp exploiting children like Abu. Written by
Pusan International Film Festival
The international version of this film ("The Silent Army") was the original Dutch entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film. However, the film was turned down because it was a re-cut version. This led to the submission of Winter in Wartime (2008). See more »
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The intention is noble. And for every kind of movie there is an audience. Yet it is not something you just do. Even if you have a lot of budget or a star cast, a film consists of many pillars with a mission to have all the same height on the film to contribute. A film is as good as the lowest pillar. With an overkill of crane-shots and dramatic music decorated with subtle lighting you're far from finished. These are just tricks when the rest lack. Something that happens too often in Dutch movies. The sober, subtle, modest movies are the ones that gets you and not detract from the story. Sure! There will be a public for this kind of movie, but certainly not the people who love movies and know what makes a movie worth watching. Oh yeah... Borsato as an actor? Seems not only unwise and striking. When one seriously want to bring a message it's not a wise decision to experiment with the cast. In that case you play save and for the cause!
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