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Hemel -- Hemel is a young woman with both a sexual addiction and a daddy-complex in this controversial Dutch drama. Bedding men with uncaring regularity, Hemel finds herself emotionally traumatized when her divorced father falls in love with another woman.


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Release Date:
29 March 2012 (Netherlands) See more »
A promiscuous young woman struggles with her emotions when the one man she cares deeply about, her equally restless father, finally finds true love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hannah Hoekstra ... Hemel

Hans Dagelet ... Gijs

Rifka Lodeizen ... Sophie
Mark Rietman ... Douwe
Eva Duijvestein ... Emma

Barbara Sarafian ... Brechtje
Ward Weemhoff ... Joris
Ali Ben Horsting ... Jimmy
Abdullah el Baoudi ... Scooter guy
Elske Rotteveel ... Annabelle
Maarten Heijmans ... Teun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferry Asselbergs ... Party Guest

Erwin Bozzolini ... Dancer

Directed by
Sacha Polak 
Writing credits
Helena van der Meulen (screenplay)

Produced by
Poto Balbontin .... line producer
Stienette Bosklopper .... producer
Ilse Ronteltap .... line producer
Cinematography by
Daniël Bouquet 
Film Editing by
Axel Skovdal Roelofs 
Casting by
Rebecca van Unen 
Production Design by
Elsje de Bruin 
Makeup Department
Karijn van Brink .... makeup artist
Production Management
Maarten de Graaf .... post-production supervisor
Corinna Dästner .... head of production
Rita Lo .... production manager
Jochem van Rijs .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johan Ivens .... first assistant director
Joost van Schie .... first assistant director (reshoots) (as Joost Van Schie)
Justin Smit .... third assistant director
Art Department
Domino Daugherty .... head painter
Anneleen Koppert .... props
Fenna Stapel .... set dresser
Sophie Tabouret .... assistant production designer
Menno Verduin .... carpenter
Sound Department
Lawrence Horne .... sound editor
Lukas Morawski .... boom operator
Luuk Poels .... dialogue editor
Jan Schermer .... sound re-recording mixer
Jan Schermer .... supervising sound editor
Diego van Uden .... sound mixer
Diego van Uden .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Nick van Leeuwen .... special effects assistant
Edward Wiessenhaan .... special effects foreman
Rick Wiessenhaan .... special effects
Chechu Rojo .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Giel Born .... best boy electric
Janneke Hogenboom .... gaffer
Otto Ligt .... lighting technician
Gemma Probst .... second assistant camera: Sevilla crew
David Van Berg .... focus puller
Peter van Vugt .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Hakkenberg .... costumer
Editorial Department
Olivier Ogneux .... colorist
Other crew
Nick Aberson .... production assistant
Maarten Buurlage .... location manager
Martin Cleaver .... translator
Rachel Daenen .... production assistant
Stan Kooij .... script supervisor
Cathrien Tromp .... legal advisor
Jahfed Wismans .... assistant location manager

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Additional Details

80 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R (2013) | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (cut) | Switzerland:16 | USA:Unrated


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38 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Sharp of tongue, 30 January 2012
Author: glinstering from Netherlands

Here is a psychological quality movie with razor sharp and often funny quotes, although there is not a huge amount of conversations in it. The storyline starts with daughter 'Hemel' who devours men. How do you detach from your parents. It is a movie that slowly crawls under your skin and makes you feel. And feel the pain. The movie contains strong intense screen shots and subtle supporting sounds/music combined with a layered story that is blended in a way of rare beauty. What starts as an apparent superficial movie (a dutch and very explicit, but not too shocking start), slowly unravels in questions of how do you detach from your parents, which tecniques do you use to be loved, do you hurt or get hurt, life and death, do you get enough attention and do you "miss the bus". The sex is more or less something that you have to look through to see what the movie really is about. Telling the story would spoil a lot of it, so my advice would be go and feel that movie.

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