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 ... See full summary »
After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.
Stefan de Walle,
Martin van Waardenberg,
It's the hot summer of 1972. On the 9th floor of a tower block on the outskirts of a Dutch provincial town the sixties finally kicked in. Change is in the air and actually materializes the ... See full summary »
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
Weird little beautiful story - where everything worked (was hooked from the first minute). Kind of a new experience - a slow paced movie where I didn't want to miss any minute.
Why it deserves 10 stars
The script: it's brilliant - no clue what happens next and believable when it happens. The actors: OK I only read the subtitles but the acting looked really good - and the casting was spot on The look: Weird and nice like the film.
It's really amazing how many good films are now from Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
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