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Devout Calvinist widower Fred leads a respectable, utterly boring life since he evicted his only son. Suddenly arrives Theo, a mentally impaired adult, mental age about five. Fred starts enjoying 'fathering' again, becomes protective and even defends him against bully urchins and the pretentious bigot sexton. When Theo asks to 'wed' Fred, both grumpy men's darkest secrets and regrets have to be dealt with. Written by
De movie feels like the Dutch literature. Somehow reminds me personal of the book 'Rituals' by Cees Nooteboom, maybe because of the dinner rituals shown in the movie. As said in the other review, there are some flaws in the 'time placing'. Well OK, honestly said, there are quite a lot. But who says it wasn't meant that way, when you notice it, it is because of how you are pulled into the movie. From moment one the movie grabs attention by never being exuberant, but really focuses on key aspects shown. The story shows diversity in society by first showing contrasts and then letting everybody come together. Plays with prejudices about Christianity and homosexuals.
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