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The Dark House (2009)
"Terug naar de kust" (original title)

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A woman tries to escape a stalker by moving with her children to her sister's isolated beach house.

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Credited cast:
Ingeborg Ansing ...
Huisarts
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Rechercheur Van Wijk
Scott Bovelander ...
Wolf
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Harry
Linda de Mol ...
Maria
Bess Dekkers ...
Young Maria
Chris Dekkers ...
Merel
Lianne Hultink ...
Verpleegster
Kimberly Klaver ...
Maria (18 jaar)
Roos Netjes ...
Monique
Esther Scheldwacht ...
Nelly de Wijn
Kaspar Schellingerhout ...
Maarten
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Ans
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Geert
Jaap Spijkers ...
Martin
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Single mother Maria starts to receive anonymous death threats. Together with her children, she flees to her former parental home, where her older sister Ans now lives. During those cold winter days in the secluded seaside house she is confronted with her traumatic childhood memories. But as the people close to her begin to question her state of mind, her assailant closes in. Written by Holland Film

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Linda de Mol plays a popular singer in a band in this movie. In real life, Linda briefly pursued a career as a singer herself. See more »

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The flashback scene where young Maria drives off in a Mercedes taxi after saying goodbye to her sister and her father, is supposed to take place 20-30 yrs ago. The type of license plate (incl. the blue EU logo on the left) displayed on the taxi, however, wasn't introduced before the year 2000. See more »

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Maria: I don't feel like dying, but if I have to I'd like to know why.
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Decent psychological thriller
17 April 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"Terug naar de kust" (Back to the coast) is an adaption of the Dutch novel of the same name by Saskia Noort. Not having read the book, I started watching it expecting some mediocre Dutch over-dramatized flick with bad acting. But in the end, I was quite pleasantly surprised that it wasn't half bad.

The story revolves around Maria, played by Linda de Mol, a mother of two that sings in a band with her often drunk and unfaithful boyfriend. After breaking up with him and having an abortion (against his will), Maria starts getting threatening letters. Add a rather creepy fan of her band that seems to be stalking Maria, and she leaves town to stay at her parents' old house at the coast, where now Maria's sister lives. We learn rather traumatic things took place here in Maria's youth, involving her mother's descent into madness.

A series of events commence, causing Maria to feel more and more unsafe and trust no-one, while the people around her are starting to think she is becoming crazy, like her mother. Initially fighting this belief, Maria eventually starts questioning her own sanity, where Linda de Mol's emotional acting contributed to the doubt that arose in both herself and her surroundings, and me as the viewer.

While not spectacular, the film does have an interesting ending, where everything becomes clear to the viewer.

In short, a film without any outstanding acting, extreme originality, or inspiring dialogue, but on the other hand, I couldn't find any terribly bad elements either. An enjoyable, decent psychological movie, but don't expect anything amazing.

6/10


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